Kyiv, UKRAINE (AP) — The speaker of the Russian parliament’s lower house warned on Sunday that countries supplying Ukraine with more powerful weapons risk their own destruction. Tanks requested by Kyiv.
Ukrainian supporters pledged billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine at a meeting at Germany’s Ramstein air base on Friday, but new promises were overshadowed by failures. Agree to Ukraine’s urgent request for German Leopard 2 tanks.
Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said the government’s giving Ukraine a more powerful weapon could lead to a “global tragedy that would destroy the country.”
“The supply of offensive weapons to the Kyiv regime would lead to global catastrophe,” he said. Supplying the weapons used to attempt to take them will provoke retaliation with more powerful weapons.”
Germany, one of the major arms suppliers to Ukraine, has ordered a review of its Leopard 2 stocks in preparation for a possible green light. Nevertheless, the Berlin government has shown caution at each stage of its growing engagement with Ukraine. and political culture.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he would not rule out sending Leclerc tanks to Ukraine and called on his defense minister to “work on” the idea.
At a press conference in Paris, President Macron spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship after World War II. In a joint declaration, France and Germany promised “unwavering support” for Ukraine.
President Macron said France will base tank decisions on three criteria: The sharing of equipment does not lead to escalation of conflict, the provision of efficient and workable assistance given training time, and the absence of it. Weaken France’s own army.
Scholz did not answer when asked about the Leopard 2 tank on Sunday, but emphasized that his country has already made significant military contributions to Ukraine.
“The United States is doing a lot and Germany is doing a lot,” he said. “We have always expanded our deliveries with the highly effective weapons already available today. And we have always coordinated all these decisions closely with our key allies and friends. ”
Germany’s interim stance has come under particular criticism from Poland and the Baltic states to the east of NATO, which feel particularly threatened by a new Russian aggression.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Germany was ready to build a “smaller coalition” if it did not agree to hand over Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
“It’s been almost a year since the outbreak of the war,” Morawiecki said in an interview with Polish state news agency PAP, published on Sunday. What more does it take for Germany to open its eyes and begin to act in line with the potential of the German state?”
In Washington, two leading lawmakers on Sunday urged the United States to send some of its Abrams tanks to Ukraine to overcome Germany’s reluctance to share its own better tanks.
Rep. Michael McCall, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, told ABC’s “This Sunday” that “if they announced they would give them just one Abrams tank, it would unleash a stream of tanks from Germany. ‘ said. “What I hear is that Germany is waiting for us to take the lead.”
Democratic Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was also vocal about the US sending Abrams.
“If you need to send Abrams tanks to unlock getting Leopard tanks from Germany, Poland and other allies, I stand by it,” Koons said.
Russian Security Council Vice-President Dmitry Medvedev said the US-led meeting at a German air base “had no doubt that the enemy would try to exhaust us or better destroy us.” “They have enough weapons,” he added. Accomplish your purpose.
Former Russian President Medvedev warned in his Messages app channel that Russia could form a military alliance with “the United States and other countries that are sick of herds of neutered dogs” if “the conflict drags on.” warned that there is ”
Ukraine wants more weapons as it expects Russian forces to launch a new offensive in the spring.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council, warned that Russia could step up its offensive in the south and east and try to cut off Western arms supply routes, but Vladimir In Putin’s statement, conquering Kyiv “is still the main dream.” “Fantasy,” he said.
In a column published by the online newspaper Ukrainian Pravda.He described the Kremlin’s goals in the conflict as “total and absolute genocide, a war of total destruction”.
Among those calling for more weapons for Ukraine was former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday. Mr Johnson, who was photographed in the town of Borodyanka in the Kyiv region, said he had visited Ukraine at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“This is the time to double down and give Ukrainians all the tools they need to get the job done. said in
Last week was particularly miserable For Ukraine, even by the standards of a brutal war that lasted nearly a year.
On January 14, at least 45 civilians were killed when a Russian missile hit an apartment complex in the southeastern city of Dnipro. On Wednesday, a government helicopter crashed into a building housing a kindergarten on the outskirts of Kyiv. rice field.
Zelensky vowed on Sunday that Ukraine would eventually win the war.
“We are united because we are strong. We are strong because we are united,” Ukrainian leaders celebrate Ukrainian Unity Day, which commemorates the reunification of East and West Ukraine in 1919. said in a video speech.
Sylvie Corbett of Paris contributed.
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