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Russia on arms supplies to Ukraine

KYIV: Ahead of a Tuesday summit between the US and allies on delivering more armaments to the war-torn Ukraine, Russia has warned of the “real” prospect of World War III breaking out.

Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour has sparked an outpouring of solidarity from Western nations, with arms being sent in to assist the country in fighting Russian forces.

On the other hand, Western nations have been wary of deepening their engagement for fear of inciting a clash with nuclear-armed Russia.

Sergei Lavrov, Moscow’s foreign minister, told Russian news agencies that the prospect of a third world war “is severe” and criticised Kyiv’s attitude to the stalled peace negotiations.

“It is real, you can’t underestimate it,” Lavrov said.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has been requesting heavy weaponry from Ukraine’s Western allies for months. including artillery and fighter jets—pledging that increased firepower would shift the course of the conflict.

Despite Moscow’s protestations, the appeals appear to be resonating, with a slew of NATO members agreeing to deploy a variety of heavy weaponry and equipment.

Over the weekend, Pentagon head Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Zelensky and offered $700 million in additional help to Ukraine.

“The first step to winning is believing that you can win,” Austin told a gathering of media after meeting with Ukraine’s president.

“We believe that we can win — they can win — if they have the right equipment, the right support.”

At the request of the US, 40 nations will also host a security meeting in Germany on Tuesday to discuss more armaments for Ukraine as well as ensuring the country’s long-term security once the war is over.

At the request of the US, 40 nations will also host a security meeting in Germany on Tuesday to discuss more armaments for Ukraine as well as ensuring the country’s long-term security once the war is over.

Among those invited are European allies of the United States, as well as Australia and Japan, who are concerned that a Russian triumph in Ukraine could create a precedent and embolden China’s territorial ambitions.

Also invited are Finland and Sweden, both historically neutral nations that have been exploring NATO membership in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Courtesy Bol News

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