Russia has issued its final warning to the US against sending longer-range missiles to Ukraine, saying providing such weapons would cross its "red line".
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova attends the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in St. Petersburg on June 16, 2022. Russia has issued its final warning to the US.
against sending long-range missiles to Ukraine, because providing such weapons would cross the "red line".© Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images
During a briefing on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova threatened that the US could face repercussions if it did not follow the warning.
This is reported by the Russian state news agency Ria Novosti.
"The United States and its allies, which supply weapons to the Kiev regime, are effectively complicit in their war crimes," Zakharova said. “If Washington decides to provide Kiev longer-range missiles
cross the red line and become a direct party to the conflict. We reserve the right to defend our territory [with everything at our disposal].
"In such a scenario we will be forced to respond adequately, in my opinion that is self-evident.
Such an irresponsible move would be extremely destabilizing, contributing to further escalation of tensions and sparking an arms race."