Kremlin Criticizes UK Authorization for Ukraine to Use British-Supplied Weapons Against Russia

Wed Jul 10 2024
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MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Wednesday strongly criticized UK’s decision to authorize Ukraine to use weapons supplied by Britain for strikes on Russian territory, terming it as “absolutely irresponsible” and warning of escalating tensions.

Speaking at a press briefing in Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemned the announcement made by British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, calling it a provocative move that could dangerously escalate the situation.

“If this is the case, then, of course, this is another irresponsible step towards rising tensions and seriously escalating the situation. We will carefully monitor this and, of course, take appropriate measures,” Peskov stated.

Peskov emphasized that Russia is actively working to ensure the security of regions bordering Ukraine, particularly those areas most affected by Ukrainian military actions. He underscored the complexity and time-intensive nature of this task, highlighting ongoing efforts to establish what Russia terms as a “buffer zone” in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region.

“The implementation of this task is time-consuming. Work is underway in this direction,” Peskov reiterated.

Regarding recent diplomatic engagements, Peskov commented on the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russia and his discussions with President Vladimir Putin. Peskov noted that the talks were comprehensive, covering various areas of cooperation, and lasted over three hours in total.

Responding to questions about Russian athletes’ participation in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Peskov emphasized that the decision lies with the athletes themselves.

Turning to domestic affairs, Peskov addressed the results of a public survey indicating high levels of trust in President Putin among Russians.

“This is primarily due to the hard, responsible work that the president does every day,” Peskov commented on the survey results.

Meanwhile, on the ground in the Belgorod region of Russia, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported significant damage and casualties following Ukrainian shelling of the border town of Shebekino. One person was killed and seven others wounded, with extensive damage to residential and commercial buildings, an industrial facility, and vehicles.


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