June 10, 2023

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The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to the US embassy because of Sullivan’s statements

The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted sharply to statements by White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan about strikes on Russian territory.

As the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday, it summoned high-ranking US diplomats and strongly protested against T. Sullivan’s words.

“Senior diplomats of the American diplomatic mission in Moscow were strongly protested against the unacceptable statements of US National Security Adviser John Sullivan, who actually approved the strikes of the regime’s armed formations in Kiev on Russian territory,” the report says.

Washington’s words about strikes in Crimea are hypocritical and deceitful, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It is specified that we are talking about attacks on the Crimea and the Belgorod region. In addition, the agency pointed out that the assurances of American officials about the unacceptability of such attacks on the territory of the Russian Federation are “hypocritical and deceitful” due to “weapons and equipment supplied for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the Pentagon for the preparation and implementation of terrorist acts by Ukrainian militants.” “It is time for the United States to understand that any form of aggression against Russia will provoke a serious response from Moscow,” the Russian side added.

“On the Russian side, it is emphasized that the hostile actions of the United States, which have long become a party to the conflict, have plunged Russian-American relations into a deep and dangerous crisis, fraught with unpredictable consequences,” the ministry concluded.

On May 21, Sullivan said in an interview with CNN that the United States had no objections to Ukraine’s use of American weapons against Crimea. According to him, the United States “did not establish any restrictions for Ukraine to strike at territories within its internationally recognized borders.” At the same time, Sullivan added that Washington does not support Kyiv’s strikes on targets on Russian territory recognized by the West from weapons supplied by NATO countries.

On May 22, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that the strikes on Crimea, for which Washington “blessed” Kyiv, would be regarded as an attack on any other Russian region. He noted that the United States should “be aware” that in such a situation, Russia will take retaliatory measures.

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