Kremlin Accuses U.S. Congress of Provoking War "to the Last Ukrainian"

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.22 - 2024 2:44 PM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Russian officials denounce a proposal from US congressmen to allow Ukrainian forces to strike Russian targets using American weapons, accusing them of escalating the conflict.

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Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has condemned a proposal from several US Congress members advocating for Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory using American weapons.

Peskov characterized these lawmakers as "hotheads" intent on further escalating tensions around Ukraine.

Escalation and Provocation

"There are many hotheads in Congress who would like to further provoke tensions and who follow the general fairway of Washington's foreign policy aimed at provoking war to the last Ukrainian," Peskov stated during a media briefing.

This comment comes in response to a letter reported by Politico, in which bipartisan lawmakers urged the Biden administration to permit Ukraine to use US-supplied weapons to target strategic sites within Russia under specific conditions.

The letter, signed by Representatives Mike Turner, Jim Himes, and Gerald Connolly, called on US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to authorize such strikes.

The congressmen argued that it is essential for Ukraine to have the capability to conduct comprehensive military operations, including targeting within Russian territory.

In line with this proposal, The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Ukrainian officials had requested the Biden administration to identify Russian targets that could be struck and to lift restrictions on the use of US weapons against these targets.

The Russian government perceives these actions as attempts to draw out the war, potentially escalating it to more dangerous levels.

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