Russian Defense: More than 28 thousand tons of Western arms to Ukraine
Western states continue to flood Ukraine with arms, indirectly "prolonging the war."
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Tuesday that the West continues to supply Kiev with weapons on a large scale, hoping to prolong the conflict in Ukraine, noting that the volume of military shipments supplied to Ukraine exceeded 28 thousand tons.
During a conference call, Shoigu said that the collective West, "hoping to prolong the conflict in Ukraine", continues to supply weapons to Kiev on a large scale, noting that more than 28 thousand tons of military shipments have already been delivered to the country.
The Russian Defense Minister stressed that part of the weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine goes to the Middle East and the black market.
$800 million aid package
Last Thursday, US President Joe Biden announced at a press conference after the NATO summit in Madrid that the United States will soon announce new military aid to Ukraine worth more than 800 million dollars.
According to Biden, the military aid promised to Ukraine by 50 countries includes hundreds of tanks, artillery systems, and hundreds of thousands of shells, and his allies around the world are making a tangible contribution [to Ukraine's aid].
The US president believes that approximately 140,000 anti-tank systems, 600 tanks, 500 artillery systems, and 600,000 shells will be delivered.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated, during a press conference after the conclusion of the NATO summit, his assertion to continue supporting Ukraine, calling on Moscow to withdraw its forces from Kiev and end the war.
On the other hand, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stressed today that the Russian special military operation in Ukraine will achieve its goals despite the United States and other Western countries providing military aid to Kiev.
Russia has previously sent a note to NATO countries against the background of supplying arms to Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also stated that NATO countries were "playing with fire" by providing arms to Ukraine.
The spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, indicated that Ukraine's pumping of weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.