by Eric Zuesse, The Duran:
On Tuesday, May 31st, U.S. President Joe Biden headlined an op-ed in the New York Times, “What America Will and Will Not Do in Ukraine”, and announced “I’ve decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.” He didn’t say that these weapons would enable Ukraine to invade Russia, but they would, and Russia knew it.
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Later on May 31st, Politico headlined “Biden: U.S. will provide precision rockets to Ukraine: The rockets are to be used solely in Ukraine, not against targets within Russia”, and reported that “Kyiv has given the United States assurances that the new weapons will be used in Ukraine and not against targets in Russia, senior administration officials told reporters after Biden’s op-ed was published.”
These had not previously bee specified to be weapons which had been included in the $40.1 billion of additional U.S. aid to Ukraine that Congress had authorized on May 19th, to help Ukraine to defeat Russia in Ukraine. These were instead weapons that, unlike the ones which had been secified, will enable Ukraine’s Government to invade Russia effectively. Even prior to that Politico article, Ukraine’s Government had publicly been promising not to do that — not to invade Russia. But now, Biden was adding them.
Russia’s Government then announced that it will not allow America’s Government to send those especially dangerous weapons to Ukraine, and that there will be WW III if America does supply them to Ukraine. Russia immediately started military preparations to launch a nuclear attack, in case Washington follows through on Biden’s promise to supply those weapons to Ukraine.
On June 1st, Russia’s RT News headlined “Russia sounds alarm on risk of direct conflict with US”, and reported that,
Washington’s arming of Ukraine with heavier weapons increases the risk of direct US-Russia confrontation regardless of American statements about mitigating such a possibility, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday.
The diplomat was commenting on the news that the US has decided to supply HIMARS multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine. Washington has insisted that the weapons system will not allow Ukrainian forces to attack Russia and argues it prevents a scenario in which Moscow would consider the US a party to the conflict.
“We’re not providing any weapons that will allow the Ukrainians to attack Russia from inside of Ukraine, and President [Joe] Biden has been very clear on that,” US representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said of the deliveries. “We’re not going to become [a] party to the war.”
Ryabkov disagreed with the rationale, saying the US was making the conflict more dangerous.
“Any arms supplies, which continue and escalate, increase the risk of such a development,” Ryabkov told journalists, referring to the possibility of a direct confrontation between Russia and the US.
A few hours after that, RT headlined “Kremlin responds to Ukraine’s pledge on US arms: President Zelensky cannot be trusted not to use weapons to attack targets in Russia, Moscow says”, and reported that,
Ukraine cannot be trusted to abide by Washington’s wishes and not use US-supplied rocket launchers against targets in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Kiev has a poor record on keeping its word, the official claimed.
Peskov was commenting on the US decision to provide Ukraine with HIMRAS multiple rocket launchers. US officials stated that the weapon systems would not be used against targets in Russia, arguing that this made Washington not a party to the Ukraine conflict.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky pledged to honor the US assurances when he spoke to Newsmax.
“We’re not interested in what’s happening in Russia,” he said in an interview published on Wednesday. “We’re only interested in our own territory in Ukraine.”
When asked about the promise, Peskov said Russia didn’t trust Zelensky to keep his word.
“Unfortunately, such a thing is not what our experience suggests,” he said. Zelensky has been breaking his word throughout his relatively short political career, “starting with his main election campaign promise to put an end to the war in southeastern Ukraine,” Peskov said.
Yet later in the day on June 1st, Reuters headlined “U.S. to send precision rockets to Ukraine”, and reported that,
A senior Biden administration official said the new supplies – which comes on top of billions of dollars worth of equipment such as drones and anti-aircraft missiles – included the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which Kyiv has said is “crucial” to counter Russian missile attacks.
Addressing concerns that weapons such as HIMARS could draw the United States into direct conflict, Jonathan Finer, deputy White House national security adviser, said Washington had asked Ukraine for assurances the missiles would not strike inside Russia.
Russia, however, warned of an increased risk of direct confrontation with the United States. read more
“We believe that the United States is purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that such supplies would not encourage Ukraine’s leadership to resume stalled peace talks.
Shortly after the U.S. decision was announced, the Russian defence ministry said Russia’s nuclear forces were holding drills in the Ivanovo province, northeast of Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported.