Lavrov called the supply of depleted uranium ammunition to Ukraine a step towards a serious escalation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the supply of depleted uranium projectiles by the UK to Ukraine would be a step that would take the escalation of the conflict to a new serious level. Following President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Mr. Lavrov announced that Russia would take these supplies into account when planning further actions.

Sergei Lavrov assured that he had seen “statements by some Western representatives that, they say, it’s okay, nothing is prohibited from the category of ammunition with depleted uranium, we do not violate any conventions.” “But they still remember what results the use of ammunition with depleted uranium led to in Yugoslavia, in Iraq, when tens of thousands of civilians, and actually NATO soldiers who used these ammunition with depleted uranium, suffered,” he said (quote by Interfax).

Commenting on the possible reaction of the Russian side to the supply of depleted uranium shells to Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Minister said: “Of course, we will take this into account in our actions. We have a commitment to international standards of warfare, we have our own military doctrine. And, as the president and defense minister said, we will have to take into account the fact that our British colleagues are taking this escalation to a new, very serious stage.”

On March 20, British Deputy Secretary of Defense Annabelle Goldie announced that the country would transfer depleted uranium ammunition to Ukraine. The UN opposed the supply of such shells. According to Vladimir Putin, Russia will be forced to respond as the West “begins to use weapons with a nuclear component.” The UK has accused Russia of spreading disinformation.

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