At the same time, the United States does not impose clear geographical restrictions on the use of its weapons by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Washington held talks with Kiev because of the danger of escalation that could be caused by strikes on territory deep inside the Russian Federation.
This was reported to Reuters by the US military and diplomats.
As noted, behind-the-scenes discussions are extremely delicate and therefore not advertised. At the same time, the United States does not impose clear geographical restrictions on the use of its weapons by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
At the same time, Washington is trying to “reach a common understanding of the danger of escalation.”
“We have concerns about the escalation, but we still do not want to place geographic restrictions or tie hands too much (for Ukrainians – ed.),” the US military said on condition of anonymity.
Another interlocutor of the publication notes that Washington and Kyiv have a common “understanding” regarding the use of reliable methods of weapons provided by the West. “So far we have been on the same page in understanding these thresholds,” the official said.
US intelligence also warned of growing risks, especially given the discrepancy between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apparent ambition and the effectiveness of his military. The coming months could take the war on a “more unpredictable and potentially escalatory trajectory,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes said at a Senate hearing this month.
Douglas Luth, a former US ambassador to NATO and a retired army lieutenant general, agreed that Ukraine has enough Russian targets in Ukraine to worry about.
But he acknowledged the risk of escalation and political division within NATO if Ukraine strikes deep into Russia.
“This will lead to a split within the alliance. And, of course, the alliance does not want this. And Ukraine does not want it either,” Liut told Reuters.
As you know, the Biden administration is considering transferring the M142 High Mobility Missile System (HIMARS) to Kiev, which can strike several hundred kilometers.
The Russian Federation is actively trying to prevent this.