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Arms supplies to Kiev lead to direct military confrontation – Russian ambassador

Anatoly Antonov noted that Moscow for a long time patiently explained to colleagues the inadmissibility of such actions, warned of an imminent tough and adequate response, but they did not listen to her and tried to ignore

NEW YORK, June 18. /TASS/. Pumping up the Kiev government with US-made weapons are a road to direct military confrontation between the two biggest nuclear superpowers, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov wrote in his article for Newsweek.

"The short-sightedness of the United States is also seen in the current circumstances. Driven by the desire to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia, the local elites are raising the stakes in escalating tensions by pumping up the Kiev regime with weapons. Is not it clear that this is the road to a direct military confrontation between the major nuclear powers, fraught with unpredictable consequences?" the Russian embassy quoted Antonov as saying.

"For a long time, we patiently explained to our colleagues the inadmissibility of such actions. We warned about the imminence of a strong and adequate response. They didn't listen to us and tried to ignore us purporting that our place is ‘in the back seat,’" the ambassador wrote. "Everything has its limits. The last straw was the refusal of Washington and Brussels to take into account Russian concerns over security guarantees.".