Russia warned on Thursday that arms deliveries to Ukraine threatened European security as the British government demanded more heavy weapons and aircraft to be delivered to Kiev.
“This tendency to flood Ukraine with guns, especially heavy guns, is an act that threatens the security of the continent and causes instability,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by the French news agency AFP.
British diplomat Liz Truss said on Wednesday that Britain had doubled its support for Ukraine and called on Western countries to increase military production, including tanks and planes, to help Kiev.
Today, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, accused European Union (EU) countries of violating their obligations by increasing arms supplies to Ukraine.
Zakharova referred to the EU’s common position, which “prohibits the export of arms if this poses a clear risk of their use for repressive measures within the recipient country or leads to a violation of international humanitarian law, contributes to the emergence or exacerbation of armed conflict”. .
“These are not obligations that EU countries have given to anyone, this is their own position,” he said.
Zakharova also argued that the International Arms Trade Treaty prohibits “the transfer of conventional weapons if it is certain that they will be used for genocide, crimes against humanity or serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.”
“This is a whole series of crimes committed daily by Ukrainian neo-Nazis and the Ukrainian armed forces they lead,” a Russian diplomat spokesman was quoted as saying by the official TASS office.