Red Lines ‘Have Already Been Crossed’ by U.S., Russia Warns

“Don’t Cross the Red Line: U.S. & Russia Warn of Dire Consequences”

In a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia warned that the United States has already crossed several “red lines” in its foreign policy, including the use of force against sovereign states, interference in their internal affairs, and the imposition of unilateral sanctions. The statement also accused the U.S. of using its influence to shape the international order according to its own interests, and of disregarding international law. The statement concluded by warning that the U.S. should take into account the consequences of its actions and refrain from further interference in the affairs of other countries.

“Don’t Cross the Red Line: U.S. & Russia Warn of Dire Consequences”

The United States has already crossed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s red lines in the war in Ukraine, a Russian UN envoy has warned.

Said Dmitri Polyanski, the first deputy permanent representative to the UN Newsweek he believes the US and other NATO member states are “adding fuel to the fire” by providing Ukraine with military aid and weapons to help fight against Russia.

The Kremlin has issued repeated warnings about arming Ukraine. US-made High Mobility Artillery Missile Systems (HIMARS) gained widespread attention for their effectiveness in the conflict and were credited with turning the tide of the war.

In January, President Joe Biden announced that the US would supply Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams tanks. His confirmation came on the same day that Germany said it would provide Ukraine with 13 Leopard 2 tanks.

However, Biden has so far opposed sending fighter jets to Kiev, despite repeated requests from his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, ahead of an anticipated spring offensive by Russia. The United Kingdom and Germany have also ruled out sending their military aircraft to Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a weekly meeting with government ministers at the state residence Novo Ogaryovo on October 29, 2014 in Moscow. The US has already crossed Putin’s red lines in the war in Ukraine, a Russian envoy to the UN has warned.Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

“All red lines have already been crossed by Western countries,” Polyanskiy said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. There is already a semi-direct involvement of NATO in the conflict because it is not only about weapons, but also about intelligence.

“It is the situation where the targets of certain artillery systems, especially HIMARS, these targets can be hit only with coordination with Washington, and this has been recognized by Ukrainian officials,” Polyanski said.

The Russian diplomat seemed to be referring to a story from The Washington Post on February 9. It reported that three senior Ukrainian officials and one senior US official said Ukraine requires coordinates provided or confirmed by the US and its allies for the vast majority of strikes using HIMARS and other similar precision-guided weapons such as the M270. multiple launch missile system.

“It means that NATO not only supplies weapons, but also chooses the targets for Ukrainian strikes. So what does it mean, other than direct involvement in the conflict?” Polyansky said.

A senior US official said Post that coordinates and precise targeting information are provided for advisory purposes only. The official also said that Ukraine is not seeking US approval on which targets to strike.

Polyanskiy also said that there are mercenaries from Western countries fighting for Ukraine.

“We know that from the people we capture and the bodies we see on the battlefield,” he said. “Yes, there are no NATO troops on the ground, and NATO countries consider this a red line. But as far as we understand, the red lines have already been crossed.”

He continued: “And of course it will affect our future relations with the countries involved. It is absolutely clear that any delivery of weapons to the conflict zone, of course, is like pouring oil on the fire.”

Polyanskii did not rule out Russia retaliating militarily against the US in response to such actions.

“If you’re dealing with a nuclear power and if you’re citing the goal of bringing about the defeat of that nuclear power, you should consider all the options of our possible response,” he said.

The Kremlin has repeatedly accused the US and other NATO members of waging a proxy war in Ukraine.

Polyanskiy said that without the assistance of NATO member states, Russia would have “defeated” Ukraine “a long time ago”.

Newsweek has reached out to the Biden administration for comment.

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The United States has crossed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s red lines in the war in Ukraine, according to Dmitri Polyanski, the first deputy permanent representative to the UN. NATO member countries have been providing Ukraine with military aid and weapons, including High Mobility Artillery Missile Systems (HIMARS) and 31 M1 Abrams tanks. Ukraine has also requested fighter jets from the US, UK, and Germany, but these countries have so far declined.

Polyanski believes that NATO is not only supplying weapons, but also choosing the targets for Ukrainian strikes. He claims that Ukraine requires coordinates provided or confirmed by the US and its allies for the majority of strikes using HIMARS and other similar weapons. However, a senior US official said that coordinates and precise targeting information are provided for advisory purposes only.

Polyanski also said that there are mercenaries from Western countries fighting for Ukraine, and that without the assistance of NATO member states, Russia would have defeated Ukraine long ago. He did not rule out Russia retaliating militarily against the US in response to such actions. The Kremlin has accused the US and other NATO members of waging a proxy war in Ukraine.

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