Moscow issues stern warnings to U.S. over Ukraine conflict

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Ryabkov warned the U.S. should take Moscow’s rhetoric with the utmost seriousness.

Russia has delivered a verbal salvo toward the United States, accusing Washington of risking potentially fatal consequences through its support for Ukraine in the ongoing war.

In remarks this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Ryabkov warned the U.S. should take Moscow’s rhetoric with the utmost seriousness. He specifically referenced recent Ukrainian drone strikes targeting Russian radars used for missile attack warnings.

The stern comments mark a further escalation in Russia’s strident rhetoric aimed at the U.S. and its NATO allies over their funnelling of weapons, intelligence, and billions in aid to Ukraine’s forces. They come amid Ukrainian battleground successes in recent weeks pushing Russian troops back in some areas.

The White House has not directly responded to Ryabkov’s remarks. However, U.S. officials have repeatedly said they have no desire to engage in direct conflict with Russia while vowing to continue supporting Ukraine’s defence against Russian aggression.

Fyodor Lukyanov, a Moscow-based foreign policy expert, called Ryabkov’s warning a sign of Russia’s mounting frustrations with what it sees as U.S. meddling in the war.

Tensions have soared since Russia’s invasion, launched in February 2022. The U.S. and its allies have imposed sweeping sanctions while sharing intelligence and providing Ukraine with increasingly powerful Western-made weapons and ammunition. Recent U.S. weapons transfers include controversial cluster munitions.

Rhetoric on both sides has grown increasingly acrimonious, including threats of nuclear escalation from Moscow. However, direct military confrontation between Russian and U.S.-NATO forces continues to be avoided amid fears of an uncontrolled spiralling of the conflict.

The risks of miscalculation remain high as Russia continues its grinding military campaign to capture more territory in eastern and southern Ukraine. How the U.S. chooses to interpret and respond to Ryabkov’s latest warnings could prove pivotal in managing escalating crisis dynamics.