White House spokesman Jen Psaki declined to comment on media reports that the US is considering sending weapons to Ukraine.
“I have nothing to announce about this,” she said, answering a related question from journalists at a November 22 briefing.
Earlier that day, CNN reported that the United States was considering sending military advisers, as well as additional armaments, to Ukraine in connection with allegations of an alleged concentration of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
“We remain seriously concerned about Russian military activity and tough statements about Ukraine. We call on Russia to reduce tensions, ”added Psaki.
Also on November 22, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov thanked the United States for its assistance in the military sphere. A week earlier, the United States transferred about 80 tons of ammunition to Ukraine. These supplies are part of additional security assistance to Kiev, which will total $ 60 million.
In recent days, a number of Western media have announced an alleged possible Russian invasion. In particular, on November 20, the CBS News TV channel, citing sources, assured that such a threat was supposedly growing with the approach of cold weather.
Also, the head of the intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kirill Budanov announced such plans of Russia. Ukrainian political scientist Mikhail Pogrebinsky described Budanov’s words as a fake or a political game. According to the expert, the task of such a statement is to tune in the right mood the Ukrainians and European partners in NATO.
He expressed the hope that the top leaders of Ukraine “will not make a decision about something serious, capable of lighting the fire of the third world war,” because everyone understands the inadmissibility of such a thing.
As Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized, the West is artificially stirring up hysteria with its statements about the alleged preparation for an attack on Ukraine. He added that provocations are not ruled out, and NATO countries should stop “pumping up Ukraine with modern weapons.”
Since 2014, the Kiev authorities have been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’etat and the new government in Ukraine. At the same time, Kiev blames Moscow for the current situation. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict.