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The Russian envoy to the Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control in Vienna highlighted the fact that weapons that Ukraine received by the United States are being offered for sale on the web.
Moscow has vowed to respond immediately if Russia is attacked with long-range weapon systems, the Head of the Russian Delegation to the Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control in Vienna Konstantin Gavrilov told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Thursday.
"We particularly put the spotlight on the delivery [to Ukraine] of long-range howitzers and HIMARS MLRS that threaten not only Donbass but Russia as well. We have clearly laid out Russia’s stance: if the Russian Federation is attacked with these long-range systems, the response against the decision-making centers will be immediate," he stressed.
The envoy remarked that the darknet is currently swarming with sales offers of Javelins that Ukraine had received from the U.S. "I think, this is happening not without the involvement of Ukraine’s military and political leadership. I am not ruling out anything anymore," he added.
Evidence of western weapons being smuggled from #Ukraine into #Syria surfaced online. The US-made #Javelin ATGMs used by the Ukrainian army against Russian tanks have already reached #Idlib and are sold for $15,000 apiece, according to the Telegram ad. pic.twitter.com/3TxN6E3ywd
According to the diplomat, the Kiev regime’s promises that Ukraine won’t use the HIMARS system to strike Russia are "not worth a red cent."
Last week, the Biden administration announced that it would provide a new military aid package to Ukraine that would include the delivery of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) weapons and ammunition. The first batch would include four rocket systems.
U.S. officials earlier said that the striking range of a light HIMARS wheeled rocket launcher would not exceed 80 kilometers. As Washington insisted, Kiev gave assurances that the U.S. rocket systems would not be used against targets on Russian territory.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asserted that Kiev’s pledges not to use the U.S. long range weapon systems against targets on Russian territory were worthless and could not be trusted.