Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Russian army will push Ukrainian troops further away from Russian territory and create a safe buffer zone in response to Kiev’s procurement of longer-range rockets from the West.
In an interview on state television aired on Thursday, Lavrov also said everybody sought an end to the current conflict in Ukraine but the West’s relentless support of Kiev was playing an important part in how Moscow approached the war.
“We’re now seeking to push back Ukrainian army artillery to a distance that will not pose a threat to our territories. The greater the range of the weapons supplied to the Kiev regime, the more we will have to push them back from territories which are part of our country,” Russia’s top diplomat said.
Lavrov’s comments came just two days after Reuters cited two unnamed US officials as saying that Washington was preparing a new package of military aid worth $2.2 billion that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time.
Russia launched what it calls “a special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, over the perceived threat of the ex-Soviet republic joining NATO. Since then, the United States and Ukraine’s other allies have sent Kiev tens of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons, including rocket systems, drones, armored vehicles, tanks, and communication systems.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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