Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council of providing Ukraine with “old and junk” weapons as it builds its military complex, as reported by Newsweek.
The American media The Washington Post reported last November that of the $68 billion approved by Congress for military aid to Ukraine, nearly 90% returned to the United States to make new weapons or replace those sent to the country, which was invaded by Russia. The outlet then wrote that a Ukrainian official said that “all US states are contributing to this effort,” thereby creating more American jobs.
Today, Newsweek pointed out that Lavrov cited the 90% figure of the UN Security Council but also admitted, without providing evidence, that the US updated its weapons with aid funds for Kiev while the “old that scrap” is used in Ukraine.
The US treats the conflict in Ukraine “not as a war that has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives, but as a profitable commercial project,” according to the Russian minister. In addition, he noted that the war launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2022 “is not against Ukraine or the Ukrainian people.”
However, Lavrov stated that Russia “was forced to launch a military operation against the criminal (Kiev) regime, which crossed the line because it has a sense of impunity and does not want to abandon the war against its own citizens in the south and southeast of Ukraine and the policy of total discrimination against the Russian-speaking Ukrainians, who remain the majority in that country.
He added that the West controls the government in Kyiv and has been “quietly arming Ukraine and preparing it for war against Russia” for years.