Russia says United States has "crossed the line" by arming Ukraine

 
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Sergei Ryabkov released the statement (Source: Getty)

Russia has hit out at the United States for providing the Ukrainian military with weapons, saying the Trump administration has "crossed the line".

Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, has released a statement accusing the US of seeking to increase casualties in the conflict with Ukraine.

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In a statement on the website of Russia's foreign ministry, Ryabkov said:

Washington is trying to present itself as a mediator. It is not a mediator at all, it is an accomplice in fomenting a war.

The statement comes after the US described Russia as a "revisionist power" in its new national security strategy.

The state department has announced that the US will hand Ukraine "enhanced defensive capabilities".

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The Trump administration has not said what kind of weapons will be provided, but media reports have suggested the US will be giving the Ukrainian military Javelin anti-tank missiles.

Ryabkov added: "They have started talking about Javelin missile complexes 'to begin with'. The question is: what's next? American weapons can lead to new victims in our neighbouring country, to which we cannot remain indifferent."

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