“By deciding to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons, the United States is giving a clear signal to Kyiv that it will support an attempt at a military solution,” Alexei Pushkov, a member of the defense and security committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament, tweeted on Saturday. “Volker might as well take a vacation.”
More measured voices in the Russian capital also cautioned that the U.S. decision could lead to further escalation of the Ukraine crisis.
“The provision of U.S. lethal arms for Ukraine will change little on the battlefield, but it marks Washington’s deeper and more direct involvement in the conflict,” Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, commented on Twitter. “An important line has been crossed, and it probably won’t stop there.”