Russia has sent a formal note to the U.S. demanding that the Biden administration stop sending weapons to Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said Monday.
In an interview on state-owned Russian-language TV channel Russia-24, Antonov criticized Washington’s latest $800 million arms package for Ukraine.
President Joe Biden announced the military aid on April 21, pledging to send heavy artillery, ammunition, as well as new Phoenix Ghost tactical drones developed by the U.S. Air Force, to Ukraine.
Antonov told the broadcast channel that sending weapons to Kyiv “does not contribute to the search for a diplomatic solution and settlement of the situation.”
“This is a huge figure,” he said.
Antonov said the Kremlin in its formal note stressed the “unacceptability” of the U.S. supplying Ukraine with weaponry.
“We demanded an end to this practice,” the diplomat said.
He accused the Untied States of “trying to raise the stakes even more and aggravate the situation.”