Warnings have allegedly been issued in a formal diplomatic note to the US this week, stating that further arming of Ukraine by Washington and Allies could lead to “unpredictable consequences”. The Washington Post published a report on Friday claiming to have seen a copy of the document that was sent as President Joe Biden’s approval of $800 million military aid package was given, representing a major expansion in the scope of weapons provided to Kiev, including heavy weapons and Soviet-made Mi-17 helicopters. The supply of weapons, in particular anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems, has been suggested as the cause of hindering Russian efforts to take over the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
The two-page diplomatic note (démarche), dated Tuesday, came as Moscow’s weeks-long invasion of Ukraine rampaged on.
Russia called for an end to allies providing an irresponsible militarisation [sic] of Ukraine.
NATO and the US were also reportedly accused by the Kremlin of violating “rigorous principals” pertaining to the transportation of weapons into conflict zones, suggesting there was a threat of “high-precision weapons falling into the hands of radical nationalists, extremists and bandit forces in Ukraine.” Furthermore, the letter contained accusations of NATO pressuring Ukraine to abandon negotiations with Russia “in order to continue the bloodshed” and places blame on Washington for forcing other countries to cease cooperating with Russia with military and technical assistance and urging nations with Soviet-era weapons to provide them to Ukraine.
The note was titled, ‘On Russia’s concerns in the context of massive supplies of weapons and military equipment to the Kyiv regime,’ according to the Washington Post.
A senior administration official suggested the note was an admission that the US strategy was working despite Russia’s repeated claims that it is fighting to ‘denazify’ Ukraine.
Prior to all this, the US has already sent kamikaze Switchblade drones, single-use aircraft which crash into their target, with the ability for some to be equipped with armour-piercing warheads capable of taking out tanks.
It has been suggested that the diplomatic note may be the next phase where Moscow will target arms convoys that are entering Ukraine. George Beebe, the former director of Russia analysis at the CIA told the Washington Post that Russia have already targeted supply depots in Ukraine, where some of these supplies have been stored.
He was also reported as saying, “The real question is do they go beyond attempting to target on Ukrainian territory, try to hit the supply convoys themselves and perhaps the NATO countries on the Ukrainian periphery.”
Neither the State Department nor the Russian Embassy has provided comment on the letter or its contents yet and neither has issued an official response.