Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabakov said in an interview with Sputnik news agency: "It is clear that the United States is not only the main driver of the crisis in Ukraine, but also the main beneficiary of this conflict."
He added: "Washington sees Ukraine as a platform for testing its military-industrial products, in which various weapon systems are used by Ukrainian soldiers to counter Russian weapons."
Saying that Europe is sending its military equipment to Ukraine "for destruction", Ryabakov noted that Washington sees this as an opportunity to conclude multi-billion dollar arms sales contracts to Europe.
This Russian diplomat, while warning that the "interested game" will not end well, continued: After the announcement of Washington's decision to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine, Moscow no longer sees any way to hold talks with Kiev.
According to the deputy foreign minister of Russia, Moscow is ready to consider any serious initiative aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine, but so far no one has proposed a solution in this regard.
In this regard, Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of the Russian State Duma, warned the Western countries about the consequences of sending weapons and military equipment to Ukraine yesterday and emphasized: America and the NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization use Ukraine as a place to test their weapons.
Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of the Kremlin Palace, said on Thursday that the sending of weapons to Ukraine by Western countries is proof of their direct and increasing involvement in the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.