Russia Sees Western Involvement in Ukraine Growing
During a press conference on January 26, 2023, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia believes the United States’ and its allies’ involvement in Ukraine is intensifying.
“There have been repeated statements from the European capitals and from Washington that the sending of various weapons systems, including tanks, to Ukraine by no means signifies the involvement of these countries or the [North Atlantic] Alliance in the hostilities in Ukraine. We strongly disagree with this. Moscow perceives everything that both the alliance and the capitals I mentioned have been doing as direct involvement in the conflict. We see that it is growing,” Peskov stated.
Previously, US President Joe Biden claimed that the US’s move to send tanks to Ukraine was not about fighting against Russia, but to fight for “freedom.” On top of that, Biden claimed that the delivery of tanks did not pose a threat to Russia.
In response to a question regarding the sincerity of Biden’s remarks, Peskov responded: “Please, use what I’ve just said as a benchmark.”
Germany and the US have already supplied Ukraine with Leopard 2 and Abrams tanks. Supplying tanks to Ukraine is clearly an escalatory move on the West’s part. Now, there’s talk about sending aircraft like the F-16 to Ukraine. None of these moves will fundamentally alter the outcome in Ukraine, since Russia has escalatory dominance in this theater. If anything, continuing military aid to Ukraine will lead to unnecessary death and suffering.
It’s time for the West to reassess its strategy and pursue a negotiated settlement in Ukraine.