RIYADH, June 1. /TASS/. Ukraine is overstepping all bounds of decency in its demands for arms supplies from the West and is also provoking Western involvement in military action if it supplies multiple rocket launchers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at a news conference following his visit to Saudi Arabia.
"Such risks [the involvement of third countries in the Ukrainian conflict] certainly exist. What the Kiev regime is demanding so categorically, as if everyone owes them, from its Western patrons, first of all, oversteps all limits of decency and diplomatic communication, and second, it is a direct provocation aimed at involving the West in military action," Lavrov said.
According to him, "sane Western politicians" understand the risks of expanding the conflict and do not accept such scenarios, but the minister believes that not everyone in the West adheres to such a viewpoint. "To put it bluntly, there are politicians in the European Union, especially in its northern part, who are ready to go along with this madness to satisfy their ambitions, but serious countries in the European Union, of course, understand perfectly well that such scenarios are unacceptable," he added.
Lavrov also said that Moscow had heard signs of reasonable assessments from Washington regarding arms deliveries to Kiev. "We have heard signs of reasonable assessments [regarding arms supplies to Ukraine] from Washington, we have repeatedly communicated our position in this regard through the channels that exist between our countries, between Russia and the key Western states, they know it well," the minister concluded.