Ukraine has given "assurances" to the United States that it will not use new missile systems promised by Washington to target targets in Russia, US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.
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“Russia is attacking Ukraine, not the other way around. To be clear, the best way to avoid an escalation is for Russia to end the aggression and the war it has launched,” he told reporters, in response to accusations from Moscow criticizing the supply of these new American weapons.
“Regarding the weapon systems that we provide, the Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory,” he added, alongside the secretary general of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.
US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that the United States will "provide the Ukrainians with more advanced missile systems and munitions that will allow them to more accurately hit key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine."
But, anxious not to appear as a co-belligerent of Kyiv or take the risk of a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow, he also assured not to give "Ukraine the means to strike outside its borders".
The Kremlin nevertheless accused Washington on Wednesday of "throwing oil on the fire".
“Such deliveries do not encourage the Ukrainian leaders to want to relaunch the peace negotiations”, declared the spokesman of the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov.