Russian President Vladimir Putin said any US decision to supply weapons to Ukraine would only worsen the situation, speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Xianmen, China, Tuesday.
«The supply of weapons to a conflict zone is not conducive to peace, but only aggravates the situation», Putin said, adding «it will not affect the situation in any way for that matter... Еще. But the number of victims could, of course, increase».
The Russian President also noted that «the self-proclaimed republics have enough weapons, including those seized from the opposing side,» saying that if the US were to supply Ukraine with weapons, «It is difficult to say how the proclaimed republics would react. They may dispatch their weapons to other conflict zones».
Putin’s comments come after US Defense Secretary James Mattis said he was reviewing sending lethal weapons to Ukraine during a visit to Kiev last month.
Putin also stated that he supports the deployment of UN peacekeepers to Donbass, to guarantee the safety of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission.
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