MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. The use of Western-supplied heavy weapons by the Ukrainian military will prompt Russia to turn towards Europe, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said at a plenary session on Thursday.
"If the special military operation hadn’t been launched, we would have heard explosions right under our windows. The use of heavy weapons [in Ukraine] will oblige us to march closer to Europe in order to protect them from [US President Joe] Biden, and European leaders. And they should understand that our people, Russian citizens, are united here. So those who were scared headed for the exits, but those who are cognizant of their responsibility are here to stay," the senior lawmaker assured.
All Russian political parties, "from left-to right-wing ones, agree" on this, he added.
Earlier on Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russia was observing with alarm and concern that lately there hadn’t been any ‘self-restraint’ on the part of the West as far as the assortment of arms that can be delivered to Ukraine.
After the onset of Moscow’s special military operation, the US-led West slapped sweeping sanctions on Russia. Moreover, Western allies have also ramped up their supply of weapons and military hardware to the Zelensky regime to the tune of tens of billions of dollars at this stage.