UK Poised To Ignore Warnings By Russia And Send M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems To Ukraine
The UK has made its intentions clear that it is ready to send US-made M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems to Ukraine within the next few weeks. This comes as Russia issued warnings to the west about sending such weapons to the country.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is waiting for approval from US President Joe Biden to send M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), a weapon system that is capable of hitting targets approximately 50 miles away.
Just recently, Joe Biden confirmed that the US would also be sending similar weapons to Ukraine.
Politico reported that both Mr Biden and Mr Johnson discussed the issue on Wednesday morning, while British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to hold talks with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Thursday.
Earlier this week the British Prime Minister called for MLRS systems to be transferred to Ukraine to allow them "to defend themselves against this very brutal Russian artillery, and that's where the world needs to go."
The UK currently has 42 MLRS systems.
Ukraine has been asking its allies for longer-range weapons, however, President Biden said this week: "We're not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia."
Experts have openly discussed their fear that the use of Western-supplied weapons that strike inside Russia could bring Moscow into a direct conflict with NATO states.
In an article written for The New York Times on Tuesday, President Biden said that he had made the decision to "provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine."
He added: "We do not seek a war between NATO and Russia. As much as I disagree with Mr Putin, and find his actions an outrage, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow.
"So long as the United States or our allies are not attacked, we will not be directly engaged in this conflict, either by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces. We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia."
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying: "We believe that the United States is adding fuel to the fire, deliberately and on purpose. The US is obviously holding the line that it will fight Russia to the last Ukrainian."
The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky said: "We're not interested in what is happening in Russia, we're only interested in our own territory in Ukraine."