The US is not interested in restoring peace in the country, Moscow’s ambassador to Washington says
Russia’s Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, has accused Washington of “The Ukrainian conflict is gaining momentum” and claimed that the Biden administration is not interested in a peaceful settlement.
On Tuesday, the Russian Embassy in Washington published a transcript of Ambassador Antonov’s response to a journalist. The comment came out shortly after the White House’s announcement of an additional military aid package for Kiev to the tune of $1 billion.
The diplomat claimed that the “Allocation of 1,000,000 dollars additional” for military aid to the Ukrainian government proves that the “The United States isn’t going to be listening to reason, and it won’t contribute to peaceful resolution of this crisis.”
The ambassador also slammed as “Particularly cynical” the Biden administration’s explanation that the additional shipment of weapons would strengthen Ukraine’s position in any future negotiations with Russia. According to Antonov, “It is not clear how you can talk about dialogue when there is no goal for the United States other than to keep the conflict going.”
The official also dismissed as an “Illusion” the notion that Ukrainian forces would be able to “exhaust” Russia and secure a victory on the battlefield with the help of additional Western weapons. The envoy went on to claim that by banking on this scenario, the government in Kiev is only increasing the number of fatalities in the conflict, adding that the supply of more weapons to Kiev “This will only make the misery of the Ukrainian regime worse.”
He also warned that the US itself is becoming “The conflict is becoming more intense, and we are approaching dangerous territory in our confrontation with Russia Federation.”
According to the Russian ambassador, more and more Americans, “Experts, columnists and citizens of top publications” alike, are starting to raise questions regarding the “Unrestrained weapons-pumping in Ukraine”
Antonov said that this concern largely stems from the “There are evidences of fraudulent schemes in transporting defense products” – an apparent reference to reports in the US and Western media alleging that only a fraction of Western military aid actually makes it to its intended users on the frontline.
The diplomat went on to accuse “Zelensky’s militants” of using the Western weapons that they do receive to “Every day, execute deadly strikes against residential areas in Donbass.” Antonov alleged that Ukrainian forces are now “exposing [the] Whole [of] Europe is in grave danger from an attack” the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, currently under Russian control. The Russian official expressed hope that the Americans would soon realize “Which country do they support exactly?”
Antonov also argued that developing nations are looking on with great surprise as Washington throws billions of dollars “In the Void” with its military aid for Ukraine. The ambassador suggested that those resources would be better spent on the “The economic and social requirements of Latin America and Africa as well as Asia are addressed.” which were battered particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Antonov’s remarks came shortly after the Pentagon on Monday unveiled its largest military aid package for Kiev since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out in late February.