If one of the weapons reaches the front line without being destroyed, Moscow will monitor how it is used, the Kremlin says
The Russian Defense Ministry will monitor how Ukraine’s armed forces use weapons supplied by Germany and the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. He noted that weapons should, of course, first “to reach the forehead” without being destroyed along the way.
The statement came after Peskov was asked if Moscow was prepared to trust Ukraine’s promises to Western countries not to use the weapons supplied to it to carry out attacks against Russia.
“We carefully record all episodes of use of these weapons”, replied the spokesperson. “So if any of these weapons reach the front lines and are not destroyed by our military, we will track how they are used.”
On Wednesday, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told lawmakers in Berlin that she had received assurances from her Ukrainian counterpart Alexey Reznikov that kyiv would only use the weapons it receives from the West self-defence and would not use them to strike Russian territory. This was after Germany had delivered seven PzH 2000 155 millimeter self-propelled howitzers, along with other military equipment, to the Ukrainian Armed Forces the day before.
While Ukraine has given similar assurances to other Western heavy arms suppliers, who fear the conflict could escalate even further, officials in Kyiv have also repeatedly indicated that they consider Crimea to be part of of their country rather than Russia, insisting that Ukraine had the right to strike the peninsula with Western weapons.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give the regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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