Russia reacts strongly to US plans to ‘arm’ Ukraine; heres reactions that came

He said Washington chose to support "the party of war" in Kiev

Russia reacts strongly to US plans to ‘arm’ Ukraine; heres reactions that came

As United States confirmed contemplating providing Ukraine with weapons, Russia reacted strongly and said that Washington may be encouraging “new bloodshed” in eastern Ukraine by such moves.

The statement came none less than from deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov who accused the United States of “crossing the line” and fomenting the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Another deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin said the US move would undermine efforts to reach a political settlement for Ukraine.

He said Washington chose to support “the party of war” in Kiev.

He reiterated Russia’s position that Ukrainian authorities should negotiate with Kremlin-backed rebels through honest and direct dialogue.

The US State Department announced Friday that Washington had “decided to provide Ukraine enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity.”

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