The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already been a dire and ugly thing, as desperate as any military campaign in history, and truly representing the unraveling of Vladimir Putin’s facade.
Now, with Ukraine’s President visiting the White House on Wednesday, the Kremlin is lashing out.
The Kremlin said that nothing good would come from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s trip to Washington on Wednesday and that Russia saw no chance of peace talks with Kyiv.
In a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that continued Western arms supplies to Ukraine would lead to a “deepening” of the conflict – something which could backfire on Kyiv, he warned.
“The supply of weapons continues and the range of supplied weapons is expanding. All of this, of course, leads to an aggravation of the conflict. This does not bode well for Ukraine,” Peskov said.
Asked whether Moscow had any expectations that something positive could come from Zelensky’s trip, Peskov answered: “No.”
Putin has long suggested some terribly frightening escalations could be coming to the front lines in Ukraine, and Zelenskyy’s trip to Washington could trigger a Kremlin-backed catastrophe.