Russia is threatening to supply weapons to the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics in response to the news that the United States may pass a bill that provides for allocating 300 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine. Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, said that there was such a possibility, Interfax reports.
"I believe that the allocation of 300 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine, on the contrary, opens the door for us to help the people they want to shoot at with these weapons - Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. In such circumstances, we also have the right to officially supply these republics with weapons," Kalashnikov declared.
According to the Russian official, if a third country supplies lethal weapons to one of the parties to the conflict, Russia will have no choice but to "protect people on the other side" if not with troops, then "at least with supplies of weapons."
As we reported earlier, the State Duma of the Russian Federation promised to respond to the flights of American military aircraft over the Black Sea.