According to the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Ambassador in Washington, the involvement of the United States, via the sending of weapons and the training of troops, is clearly established. An intervention that they both consider dangerous.
The question of the status of the United States in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine – and more specifically whether it is a direct party, or even a co-belligerent – comes up regularly in the debates. Two senior Russian diplomats, namely Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov, spoke on the subject in interviews given respectively to the newspaper Mezhdunarodnaya jizn (La Vie Internationale) and the RIA Novosti news agency, on 14 September.
Asked about the ambiguity of the situation, Sergei Ryabkov believes that the American media itself is “increasingly aware that the game played by the administration against Russia by using Ukraine for its own ends is in fact dangerous. which could ultimately threaten “the interests of the United States itself”. The diplomat thus incriminated “the irresponsibility with which American politicians follow this course […] dictated by selfishness in foreign policy”, seeing it as a constant of Washington’s policy.
The Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that “the United States [continuaient] to flood the kyiv regime with increasingly lethal long-range weapons”, but also provide Ukraine with assistance “ranging from intelligence to the training of military personnel”. For Sergei Riabkov, this considerable involvement of the United States obviously creates “new challenges” for Russia, while ensuring that the latter is ready “to face them”.
Joining this analysis on a series of points, Anatoly Antonov noted that “the vast majority of the American media [débordaient] of triumphant and enthusiastic words […] on the actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”. The gains obtained by kyiv during its recent counter-offensive would thus be due to massive support from the Pentagon, resulting in an attitude of “open bravado” on the part of the administration and the Ukrainian generals, which he considers “deeply worrying”.
Pretending that the United States is not on board is ‘ridiculous’, says Russian ambassador
However, according to the ambassador stationed in the American capital, this attitude has at least the merit of undermining Washington’s declarations according to which the United States is not a party to the conflict: these “are completely ridiculous and without foundation”, he affirmed, since totally invalidated by the facts according to him. Among them, he cited, in addition to “billions of ordinary taxpayer dollars” spent on arms deliveries, the presence in Ukraine of “soldiers and officers who speak fluent English, often with a British and American accent pronounced, who are at war with us”.
According to Anatoly Antonov, Ukraine is being used as a “testing ground”, allowing Washington and its allies to “eliminate obsolete weapons and test new NATO military equipment” against Russian equipment. However, this US support will not change the outcome of the conflict as “only naive and short-sighted politicians unfamiliar with history can conjure up a victory over Russia on the battlefield”, he said. spear.
On the other hand, the ambassador did not rule out a scenario in which Russia would be led to consider the United States as a belligerent in its own right: the confrontation would be direct if they agreed to respond to kyiv’s “crazy” request. aimed at obtaining long-range missiles.
For its part, the Pentagon acknowledged on September 12 that it had trained nearly 1,500 soldiers in the use of the equipment delivered since the start of the conflict, reports The world. Moreover, according to an article in New York Times published on September 13 and quoting US officials, the recent Ukrainian counter-offensive was prepared with Pentagon soldiers during simulations. “We did modeling and tabletop exercises,” admitted Colin Kahl, undersecretary for defense policy at the Pentagon, to the daily, specifying that he had provided several avenues of counter-offensive to the Ukrainians, who then “ thought and made their own decision.
On August 22, Sergei Riabkov had already described NATO’s attitude in the Ukrainian conflict as “dangerous”, believing that it could lead to a military confrontation between the Atlantic Alliance and Russia. He had then insisted on the fact that it was necessary at all costs to avoid a direct combat between powers endowed with nuclear weapons.