(RoyalPatriot.com )- The Kremlin blasted French President Emmanuel Macron for suggesting that sending French fighter jets to Ukraine was not “prohibited on principle” as long as Kyiv gave assurances that the aircraft would not be used to escalate the ongoing conflict.
During a briefing with reporters last Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Macron’s remarks “some kind of absurdity,” according to the Russian state news service TASS.
Zakharova accused Western officials of employing “increasingly aggressive and bellicose rhetoric,” adding that they have “not been shy about making loud statements on the Ukrainian conflict lately.”
She asked if Macron was sure that providing Kyiv with “arms, heavy weapons, and aircraft for combat operations will not escalate the situation,” adding that she refuses to “believe that a grown man can have such logic.”
Zakharova claimed that statements like Macron’s only “increase the already irrepressible appetite of Zelensky’s regime.”
She sarcastically added that Kyiv has “clearly demonstrated” that the injection of Western weapons will not “lead to an escalation of the conflict” by “massacring civilians” and “shelling hospitals.”
Zakharova continued her sarcastic tone, telling reporters that the fighter jets would be used “to drop cookies and candy.”
The following day, while speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Red Army’s victory over the Nazis in Stalingrad, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed that there would be a decisive response to any country threatening Russia, particularly lashing out at Germany for promising to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, Barrons reported.
Invoking the Soviet Union’s fight against Nazi Germany, Putin said Russia is once again being threatened by German Leopard tanks. “It’s unbelievable but true,” he added. Putin warned that unlike World War Two, a “modern war with Russia will be completely different.”
Last week, Ukraine secured promises from the West for deliveries of battle tanks when EU chief Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv.