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Russia warns Britain it could strike back after Cameron remark on Ukraine

Russia warns Britain it could strike back after Cameron remark on Ukraine
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MOSCOW/LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) - Russia warned Britain on Monday that if British weapons were used by Ukraine to strike Russian territory then Moscow could hit back at British military installations and equipment both inside Ukraine and elsewhere.

  • Russia says British ambassador was summoned to foreign ministry
  • UK denies ambassador was summoned, says he had ‘diplomatic meeting’
  • Russia warns Britain of retaliation in Ukraine and elsewhere
  • Warning comes after Cameron remarks about hitting Russia

By Guy Faulconbridge and Muvija M

Russia said British Ambassador Nigel Casey was summoned to the foreign ministry for a formal protest after Foreign Secretary David Cameron said last week that Ukraine had the right to use British weapons to strike Russia.

Britain denied that Casey had been summoned, saying that he had met Russian officials “for a diplomatic meeting” in which he “reiterated the UK’s support for Ukraine in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression”.

Russia’s foreign ministry said the Cameron remarks recognised that Britain was now de facto a part of the conflict and contradicted an earlier assurance that long-range weapons given to Ukraine would not be used against Russia.

“Casey was warned that in response to Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory with British weapons, any British military facilities and equipment on the territory of Ukraine and abroad” could be targeted, the Russian foreign ministry said.

The ministry said it considered Cameron’s remarks a serious escalation.

“The Ambassador was called upon to reflect on the inevitable catastrophic consequences of such hostile steps by London and immediately refute the belligerent provocative statements of the head of the Foreign Office in the most decisive and unambiguous way.”

Cameron, during a visit to Kyiv last week, told Reuters that Ukraine had a right to use the weapons provided by Britain to strike targets inside Russia, and that it was up to Kyiv whether or not to do so.

The British foreign office spokesperson said on Monday Casey had also restated “the UK’s position on providing support to Ukraine” in the meeting with Russian officials.

(Editing by Nick Macfie)

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  • Lucia Walker says:

    The aggressor Russia is using armament from i.e. Iran and North Korea to attack Ukraine. Ukraine has every right to defend itself and hit back at the enemy. Why would they not be allowed to also get arms from wherever they can.

  • David Pennington says:

    Who gave Cameron permission to speak on behalf of Great Britain, he wasn’t voted in, he is a failed prime minister and should have no position of any kind of authority. This workshy ponce will drag us into a war with Russia which we can not possibly win.

    • Andrew Joubert says:

      David Cameron was appointed British Foreign Secretary in November 2023. Whether you like him or not, he is the de facto spokesperson on British foreign affairs.
      You say “This …. will drag us into a war with Russia which we can not possibly win.” Who are “us” and “we”?

    • Albert.questiaux says:

      The choice is to speak out or cower to Putin. The British would be speaking German today if the Americans had not assisted them against the Nazis. The Europeans including Britain should assist Ukraine against Russian aggression or they may be speaking Russian in the future.

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