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Russia’s UN mission says West hasn’t yet crossed all red lines in Ukrainian crisis

Dmitry Polyansky said the US "is directly involved in the operation planning" by Ukrainian military, and NATO countries are also providing "satellite intelligence information"
Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky AP Photo/John Minchillo
Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky
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NEW YORK, January 24. /TASS/. First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Polyansky on Monday said in an interview with US journalist Kim Iversen that NATO and Western countries are essentially involved in the conflict in Ukraine but not all red lines have been crossed yet.

"We are sending more and more signals that, well, of course, some red lines have been crossed, but maybe the most red of them haven’t yet been crossed. When you deal with a nuclear power like Russia, you have to calculate all the possibilities if you want to escalate the war further and further on," Polyansky said in English during the interview, which was posted to Rumble.

He said что sending more Western weapons to Ukraine will not "drastically change the outcome" of the Russian special military operation, but the crossing of the red lines raises the risk of a "direct involvement " of the West in the conflict in Ukraine.

According to the diplomat, Russia doesn’t want a "direct war" with the North Atlantic alliance, and "NATO is saying the same thing."

"In reality it’s not only weapons that are being supplied. There are specialists who are in Ukraine to deal with these weapons because a lot of weapons can’t be operated without Western specialists being near them," he said.

Polyansky said the US "is directly involved in the operation planning" by Ukrainian military, and NATO countries are also providing "satellite intelligence information."

"NATO is de facto fighting in Ukraine. Maybe NATO armies are not there massively, but there are private military companies, there are councilors, there are a lot of mercenaries, who are being killed and who are being captured," the diplomat said.