A spokesman for the US National Security Council, John Kirby, confirmed on Wednesday that the weapons that the United States sent to Ukraine would be dangerous to Russian forces.
As the White House Communications Coordinator told Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath, “We have sent tanks to Ukraine to be ready to defend itself by spring.”
“We insist on the principle of accountability for the misuse of our weapons in Ukraine,” he added.
Kirby also said that training the Ukrainians to use the Abrams tanks would take several months.
In addition, he said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the winter to regroup and launch a new attack in Ukraine, adding, “Putin’s war on Ukraine threatens Europe’s security.”
Washington has expressed its rejection of any Russian warnings about the escalation of the situation in Ukraine because of sending its tanks.--
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Do not pose an offensive threat to Russia
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said that the Western tanks that the United States and its allies, led by Germany, decided to provide Ukraine with to counter the Russian operation, “do not pose an offensive threat to Russia.”
Biden said that sending the American Abrams tanks and the German Leopard to Ukraine falls within the framework of “the commitment of countries around the world, led by the United States, to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity… This matter does not constitute an offensive threat to Russia.”
31 Abrams tanks
And a senior US official announced on Wednesday that the United States would send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, thus strengthening the arsenal of Western weapons that the Ukrainian army is gathering in preparation for a counterattack it is preparing to launch against Russian forces.
“The United States will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks,” the senior administration official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. “You will see hundreds of armored vehicles – vehicles with exceptional capabilities – and tanks arriving in Ukraine, and most importantly, they will arrive with trained crews.” .