Possible UK deliveries of fighter jets to Ukraine will not change the outcome of the war, but will only “escalate and prolong it and will make it more painful” for Ukraine, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
During a surprise visit to the UK on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a plea for more heavy weaponry, including fighter jets.
And British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that “nothing is off the table” when it comes to providing military equipment to Ukraine.
The development testifies to the “growing involvement of the UK, Germany, and France in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” said Peskov on Thursday.
“We can only express regret and state that such actions lead to escalation, prolong the conflict, and make this conflict more painful for Ukraine,” he added.
“Fundamentally, these actions of countries will not change the outcome of the conflict and will not change the trajectory that our country is following in terms of achieving its goals within the framework of the special military operation.”
Interestingly, Zelensky took a different approach during a speech to the EU Parliament on Thursday.
The Ukrainian President focused on the values that Ukraine shares with Europe, but didn’t specifically ask for more weapons as he did in London on Wednesday.