Russia has warned Western countries that sending heavy weapons and other weapons to Ukraine poses a threat to European security.
Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov’s warning to the West came in response to a letter from British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in which she urged Kyiv’s allies to “step up” military production to help Ukraine.
But the Western allies emphasized that their support would not amount to a military confrontation between Moscow and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO”.
However, Peskov said in a press statement that “the pumping of any weapons into Ukraine, including heavy weapons, are measures that threaten the security of the continent and provoke a state of instability.”
It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that any country that interferes in Ukraine would face a swift response.
“If someone from outside tries to interfere in Ukraine, our response will be lightning fast,” Putin said, during a speech to members of the State Duma.
“We have all the tools (to respond) that no one can brag about. We will not brag about them, (but) we will use them if necessary,” he added.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned the West against encouraging Ukraine to launch attacks inside Russia.
“Any further provocations that push Ukraine to launch strikes on any Russian facilities will be met with a harsh response from Russia,” she said.
Zakharova was commenting on the statements of the British Minister for the Armed Forces, James Hebe, and said that his claim that it was “legitimate” for Kiev to launch strikes inside Russia, was received by Ukraine as a permission to act.
Zakharova warned Western officials visiting Ukraine that they could be vulnerable to retaliatory Russian strikes on Ukrainian targets.
“Advisors from Western countries who reside in decision-making centers in Ukraine will not necessarily pose a problem for Russia’s retaliatory measures,” she said.
‘No peace response’
Russia says Ukraine has not responded to the peace deal proposal.
At a press conference, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia has not yet received a response from Ukraine on its recent proposals for a possible peace deal.
Reuters quoted Zakharova as saying, “The Russian side did not receive any response until this morning, in preparation for this conference. The two sides had met for peace talks in Istanbul a month ago, but there has been no noticeable breakthrough since then.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said peace talks with Russia would continue despite accusations of war crimes and genocide against Moscow.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is visiting Ukrainian cities devastated by the Russian invasion, denounced what he described as the “absurdity” of this war in the twenty-first century.
“This is where you feel how important it is for a thorough investigation and for those responsible to be held accountable,” Guterres said after visiting the site of the mass grave in Bucha.
He added, “I offer my full support to the International Criminal Court and appeal to the Russian Federation to accept cooperation with the court. But when we talk about war crimes, we must not forget that the worst crime is the war itself.”
On the humanitarian front, the Secretary-General of the United Nations said that he wants to help establish humanitarian corridors for civilians stranded in the city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, especially the Azovstal steel warehouse and factory.
Guterres’ remarks came during his first visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv since the beginning of the Russian invasion, in which he is scheduled to hold talks later today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
confiscation of the property of therich russians“
The United States is still trying to tighten the noose around Russia, as the White House proposed giving the government greater power to confiscate and sell the properties of the Russian oligarchs, and transfer their proceeds to Ukraine.
The White House said that a legislative proposal in this regard will be submitted to Congress for consideration.
This comes on the heels of similar legislation recently passed in the US House of Representatives.
But the new White House plans go further, and focus on cooperation between the departments of Justice, Treasury, State and Commerce.
The White House said in an official statement that the proposed measures would make it easier for the United States to confiscate and sell the real estate of the oligarchs, and use the funds “to heal the damages of Russian aggression.”