The warning comes as Ukraine’s allies, led by the United States, have finally agreed to consider delivering F-16 fighter jets to Kiev, after refusing, fearing an escalation of the conflict.
Western countries would run “colossal risks” if they supplied Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency on Saturday.
Ukraine has yet to secure a commitment to deliver the planes, but US President Joe Biden told G7 leaders on Friday that Washington supports joint allied training programs for Ukrainian pilots on F-16s. , senior US officials said.
“We see that Western countries continue to adhere to the escalation scenario. This involves colossal risks for themselves”said Alexander Grushko. “In any case, we will take it into account in all our plans and we have all the means necessary to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves”he added.