EU military aid to Ukraine makes it party to conflict: Russia
A Russian government official said on Thursday that EU military training for Ukrainian forces and arms deliveries to Kyiv make the bloc a party to the conflict.
Speaking at a press briefing in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized the EU’s recent move to support military aid to Ukraine.
“Approximately €107 million ($104.6 million) has been allocated for this venture. The move goes along with the supply of lethal weapons to the Kyiv regime, qualitatively increasing EU involvement, making it a definite part of the conflict. becomes a favor,” he said.
The European Union Council agreed on Monday to set up a military aid mission to support the Ukrainian armed forces, which have been fighting Russian troops since February.
According to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the mission will begin its work in November.
Zakharova also warned that NATO’s military support to Ukraine draws it closer to a “dangerous line of direct military conflict with Russia”.
“NATO countries, as if competing with each other, continue to pump up the Kyiv regime with weapons and ammunition, provide it with intelligence, train the soldiers of the Kyiv regime, and fight hostilities. to direct military conflict with Russia,” he said.
Zakharova claimed that every month about $1 billion worth of Western weapons supplied to Ukraine enter the black markets.
“The monthly restricted trade of this very black market exceeds $1 billion. NATO military goods destined for the Kyiv regime end up in the hands of terrorists, extremists and criminal groups in the Middle East, Central Africa and Southeast Asia,” he said. Told .
America is looking for the reason to put pressure on Iran
Commenting on Iran’s assessment that it violated a UN Security Council resolution backing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, Zakharova said the only country that has already violated the agreement and to do so is Continuing, that is America.
“He has just pulled out of the deal … according to his reasoning, he should have imposed sanctions on himself for violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231,” the spokesman insisted.
“It is clear, this is pressure on Tehran. This will be done in several directions, as is happening now – interference in Iran’s internal affairs, pressure on the Iranian political leadership, inventing non-existent causes, using existing opportunities , all together. The West knows how to do it.”
Zakharova called the reports on the drone deliveries “rumours spread by the US media”, adding that they have been refuted by both Iranian and Russian representatives.
Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and P5+1 – US, UK China, Russia, France, Germany and EU.
Tehran is committed to limiting its nuclear activity to civilian purposes and, in return, world powers have agreed to drop their economic sanctions against Iran.
But the US, led by then-President Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, forcing Tehran to stop complying with the nuclear deal.
However, since taking office last year, President Joe Biden has been working to restore the deal.
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