Moscow says long-range weapons can’t stop Russia in Ukraine

The Kremlin says that any long-range weapons given to Ukraine by the West will not change Russia’s goals and the war situation.

“This is a direct way to increase tensions and escalate the level of fighting. That requires more effort from us. However, they cannot change the course of events,” the spokesman said. Kremlin Dmitry Peskov told journalists in Moscow today.

Peskov made the comments after two unnamed US officials said Washington planned to supply Ukraine with missiles with a range of up to 150 km.

The Kremlin spokesman added that Russia is not considering any new plans for possible negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow in December 2021.  Photo: AFP.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow in December 2021. Photo: AFP.

Ukraine has recently repeatedly called on Western countries to step up the scale of weapons support to defend as well as attack targets deeper inside Russian-controlled territory.

Kiev expects its allies to send fighter jets and long-range missiles, after these countries agreed to support Ukrainian forces with heavy tanks. The United States on January 31 said it would discuss Ukraine’s latest requirements for advanced weapons with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The war between Russia and Ukraine is about to last for nearly a year and shows no sign of cooling down. Western experts warn that Russia is planning a large-scale attack on Ukraine in the next month or two. Ukraine meanwhile is urging the West to quickly transfer weapons to counter Russian forces.

Ngoc Anh (Theo AFP)

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