The Foreign Ministry announced a response “proportional to the range” of missiles transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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Konstantin Gavrilov

Western countries, by continuing to transfer weapons to Ukraine, may force Russia to “move to tougher retaliatory actions,” Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation at the talks in Vienna on military security and arms control, said. His words are published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Gavrilov said that Western weapons and military equipment pose a threat to Russian citizens due to their tactical and technical characteristics. “Under these conditions, we will push neo-Nazis away from our borders in proportion to the range of missile systems used by Kyiv,” — he threatened.

The head of the delegation warned that if the Ukrainian Armed Forces used American MLRS or long-range weapons supplied by NATO countries against Russian territory, “the consequences would be more than serious.”

According to the diplomat, The United States is pushing Europe to aggravate relations with Russia, as Washington “forces them [European countries] to train Ukrainian soldiers and use their territory as a transit zone for the supply of weapons.” This may lead to the expansion of the zone of armed conflict, Gavrilov argues.

Kyiv has repeatedly declared that it needs weapons for protection. Both the authorities of Ukraine and the politicians of Western countries that supply the country with weapons have repeatedly said that Kyiv will not use them to strike at Russian territory. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov promised the head of the Pentagon to use American weapons only “to deter the enemy and de-occupy the territory.”

At the same time, the deputy head of the Ukrainian military intelligence, Vadim Skibitsky, admitted that Kyiv could use the American HIMARS MLRS against Russian facilities in Crimea, which Ukraine considers its occupied territory. Russia, which joined the peninsula following a referendum in 2014, insists that the issue of Crimea's ownership is closed for it, and promises to answer in the event of an attack.

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In total, Washington promised to send more than 20 such installations to Ukraine, 12 MLRS have already been transferred to it.

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