Russia Accuses Western Countries of Direct Participation in Ukraine Conflict After Arms Emplacement
The spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, declared this Thursday (01.26.2023) at his conference daily telephone press that Russia believes that Western countries are “directly” involved in the Ukrainian conflict after the decision to send dozens of tanks to that country. Peskov added that this NATO’s participation is “growing”, countering the US President Joe Biden’s statement that the decision on the supply of heavy battle tanks to Ukraine is a fight for freedom, to which he replied “We categorically disagree with that”.
Furthermore, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Pátrushev, affirmed that the United States and NATO are “participants” in the conflict in Ukraine and intend to prolong it for even one more once the “hot” phase of the war campaign that Russia itself began more than eleven months ago has ended.
The day before, the German authorities decided to transfer the first batch of 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and announced that they would give the Allies permission to re-export theirs to Ukraine. Soon after, Washington announced the shipment of 31 Abrams tanks.
This declaration came as a major shock to the most western countries, signifying that the diplomatic relations between Russia and western countries could further become more tense than ever assumed in the midst of the Ukrainian Conflict.