Former President Donald Trump recently warned that nuclear war was in the future in a TRUTH social post.
Biden stated on Wednesday that the United States would give Ukraine with 31 modernized M1 Abrams tanks worth $400 million in the coming months. The decision was reached to end a diplomatic standoff with Germany over how to best support Kyiv in its fight with Russia.
President Biden expressed his gratitude to Germany for their decision to provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks: “Germany has really stepped up,” he said.
In response to the announcement, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, “There are constant statements from European capitals and Washington that the sending of various weapons systems to Ukraine, including tanks, in no way signifies the involvement of these countries or the alliance in hostilities in Ukraine.”
“We completely disagree with this, and in Moscow, everything that the alliance and the capitals I listed are doing is considered as active involvement in the fight. “We see that this is expanding,” he told reporters on Thursday.
While most politicians are advocating for conflict, Trump is raising the alarm.
“FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES,” he said on TRUTH social. “Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Russia has made it obvious that they are not joking.
“This extremely dangerous decision takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation,” Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechayev said on Wednesday, also noting that the decision to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine was the “final refusal to recognize its historical responsibility to our people for Nazi crimes.”
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also claimed it was proof of “a war planned in advance” – echoing Moscow’s false claims that NATO was planning aggressive action against Russia in the lead up to the war.
Russian media has also down-played the decision by Washington with one TASS report claiming that Abrams tanks are “vulnerable” to Soviet-era weapons.
One retired Russian general also reportedly told the state-owned outlet that Abrams tanks are “weakly suited for operation on dusty terrain like in Ukraine.”
The coverage shows a stark comparison to Moscow’s reaction when the U.S. first approved HIMARS for deployment in Ukraine, which prompted subsequent warnings over providing long-range strike capabilities and threats of nuclear escalation.
Russian took a similar tactic following the announcement last month that the U.S. and Germany would send Patriot missile systems to Ukraine – one of the worlds most advanced air defense systems but which Russian President Vladimir Putin described as “quite old.”