This is the red line! Russia is trying to dissuade the US from supplying longer-range missiles

“If Washington decides to supply Kiev with longer-range missiles, it will cross the red line and become a direct party to the conflict,” Zakharova said. “In such a case, we will be forced to respond adequately,” she added, without specifying what the Russian response should look like.

According to the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the supply of weapons to Ukraine leads to the prolongation of hostilities and further civilian casualties. “In addition, it brings us dangerously close to a direct military clash between Russia and NATO,” she added.

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The US HIMARS salvo rocket launchers can hit a target at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, but the US has so far only supplied Ukraine with missiles with a range of 80 kilometers. According to the media, Kyiv has expressed interest in ammunition with a range of 300 kilometers. Compared to the weapons used by Russia, the American system is significantly more accurate, which the Ukrainians successfully use to attack Russian rear logistics.

Russia has long criticized the United States and other allies for their arms supplies to Ukraine, calling the earlier provision of HIMARS missile launchers “extremely negative.”

Ukraine has been asking the United States for long-range missiles. According to White House spokesman John Kirby, the US is preparing another shipment of military aid. However, he did not say whether they also contain ATACMS tactical missile systems with a range of 300 km.

In addition, the US has long been reluctant to provide Ukraine with longer-range rocket launchers. White House security adviser Jake Sullivan already reiterated in July that the Biden administration has no plans to provide Ukraine with ATACMS because they “could strike Russia on its territory, which would lead to further escalation of the war.”

With the current rocket launchers, the Ukrainians can defend themselves, but they cannot hit targets on the territory of Russia. At the same time, Russia strikes targets on Ukrainian territory, which are largely civilian, on a daily basis.

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