Twitter users were horrified on January 21 by the US plans to support Ukraine in the seizure of Crimea. They supported the opinion of the American entrepreneur Elon Musk that this could lead to a very serious escalation.
Thus, the founder of the American food delivery company Postmates, Bastian Lehmann, indicated that instead of these plans, the West should begin to actively act as an intermediary to resolve the situation.
“Crimea is not in the interests of the citizens of Ukraine. This is only in the interests of NATO, and in the meantime, young Ukrainians are dying, ”said blogger Ian Miles Chong.
“I agree 100%. I want leaders [разных стран] worked to resolve the conflict, not to escalate it. I think we have already crossed the line. And if not, then they are already close to it, and this is bad for everyone, ”said Brandi Kaye.
Canadian businessman Joshua Cartu called the idea about the Crimea madness. He said that Kyiv should sit down at the negotiating table.
On January 19, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that in the presence of heavy weapons from the West, the Ukrainian side would attempt to attack Crimea. At the same time, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian leader, announced the support of Western countries for Ukraine’s hypothetical strike on Crimea. At the same time, he denied statements that Kyiv would attack Russian territory.
On January 18, The New York Times reported that Washington was discussing with Kyiv the possibility of using the supplied weapons to attack Crimea or the Crimean Bridge. According to the publication, according to the United States, with the risk of Russia losing control over Crimea, Ukraine’s position in future negotiations will be strengthened.
On the same day, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Ukraine can use Western weapons at its discretion, based on its own security concerns.
The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, commenting on these reports, said that the discussion about the supply of weapons to Ukraine, which will allow strikes on Russian territory, does not bode well from the point of view of global and pan-European security. According to him, the supply of such weapons will mean bringing the conflict to a new qualitative level.