The Russian parliament needs to reinstate Vladimir Putin’s right to send troops to Ukraine if the US begins to supply weapons, said Mikhail Emelyanov, the first deputy head of the “Just Russia” faction in the Russian State Duma.
“We believe that our Parliament must not ignore this declaration. If the U.S. really begins to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine, we should not hesitate to support the ‘militias’ by supplying weapons and to reinstate the president’s right to send troops to Ukraine,” he told journalists.
According to Emelyanov, the decision by the U.S. Congress on supplying arms to Ukraine is provocative.
“This shows that the U.S. is absolutely not interested in de-escalating the conflict in Ukraine and is trying at all costs to equip Ukraine with weapons because, in its geopolitical plans, Ukraine is a deterrent state for Russia that the U.S. needs to keep Russia from developing as a new superpower,” the deputy said.
As previously reported, the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed a resolution on Monday, March 23, urging President Obama to send arms to Ukraine. The resolution, which functions as a recommendation, was approved 348 to 48. It calls on the president to “use the powers conferred on him by Congress to provide lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine.