- The US is pursuing a war against Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov alleged on Sunday as he commented on the US' possible supplies of longer-range missiles to Ukraine.1
- Alleging that Washington controls the military actions of Kyiv, Lavrov said: 'No matter what they say, they are managing this war, they are supplying weapons, ammunition, intelligence, satellite data — they are waging a war against us.'2
- Lavrov's comments come after four Republican senators urged Pres. Joe Biden to immediately send MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to the Ukrainian military.3
- The senators argued that providing these systems with long-range missiles would augment Ukraine's ability to attack key Russian targets, including cruise missile and drone launch sites, and 'maximize the likelihood of success in its current counteroffensive and follow-on operations.'4
- Previously, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had stated that Kyiv was 'actively working on obtaining ATACMS from the USA and Taurus from Germany,' adding, 'There is progress on both tracks.'5
- The US has committed more than $43B in military aid to Ukraine since the conflict began in February 2022, including air defense systems, armored personnel carriers, and M1 Abrams tanks.6
- Pro-Russia narrative, as provided by RT. Providing Kyiv with long-range missiles or NATO's military expansion in the Arctic undermines regional security and warrants countermeasures from Moscow. Russia is not a threat to anyone — the real threat emanates from the White House, which is trying to increase its security posture at the expense of upsetting the regional balance and prolonging the conflict.
- Pro-Ukraine narrative, as provided by Wall street journal. Ukraine acquiring the long-range tactical ballistic missiles would equip Kyiv to strike key Russian command posts, formidable air defense systems, and high-value Russian military targets in occupied territory. It would also constrain Russian logistics — essential to helping Ukrainian troops break through Moscow's defenses and push south toward the coast.