The Russian ambassador to the United States has warned on Friday the risk of a clash between the US and Russia is “high.”
Russian state-owned news agency TASS has reported that Anatoly Antonov said relations between the countries in the “ice age.”
With the West sending billions of pounds worth of weaponry and sanctions having been imposed against Russia, ties are now at their lowest point in many decades.
The US have approved sending $1.8 billion defence package to Ukraine including Patriot air defence missile systems and US congress are set approve another $45 billion aid package on Friday for Kyiv.
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Moscow has accused the US of fighting a “proxy war” and Washington has been warned to expect “consequences which cannot be imagined.”
Vladimir Putin has said by sending the missile systems to Ukraine it will not help to stop the war in Ukraine or preventing Moscow from achieving their goals, the Russian leader said the Patriot system is “quite old” and they will find a way to counter it.
Moscow has also said the war will not stop until all their goals have been achieved and the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the conflict will only end once “the goals that the Russian Federation has set.”
He claimed that “a significant headway has been made on demilitarization of Ukraine,” and that no peace plan will succeed unless Kyiv take into account “the realities of today that can’t be ignored.”
Peskov was making reference to Moscow’s demand that Ukraine recognises Russia’s sovereignty over the Crimea Peninsula, and the four regions which were annexed in September.
Antonov said earlier this week, “Despite our warnings, the Patriot air defense system will be sent to Kyiv.
“However, the country does not have specialists to work with them.
“So, will those be American specialists? Or citizens of another NATO country?
“They cannot but realise here that Western weapons are being systematically destroyed by our military.
“I think everyone understands perfectly well what fate the personnel, manning these complexes on the territory of Ukraine, can face.
“I want to emphasise that we have repeatedly tried and are still trying to appeal to common sense at all levels.
“It was stressed that the provocative actions by the US are steadily leading to an escalation, the consequences of which cannot even be imagined.”