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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace walks extracurricular Downing Street successful London, Britain, October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said connected Monday it was supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to assistance it support itself from a imaginable invasion, during a stand-off with Russia which has massed troops adjacent the Ukrainian border.
Western countries accidental they fearfulness Russia is preparing a pretext for a caller battle connected Ukraine, which it invaded successful 2014.
Moscow denies immoderate plans for an attack, but has said it could instrumentality unspecified subject enactment unless the West agrees to a database of demands, including banning Ukraine from ever joining NATO. Talks past week ended with nary breakthrough. Kyiv has asked Western countries for arms to assistance it support itself.
"We person taken the determination to proviso Ukraine with airy anti-armour antiaircraft limb systems," British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament, saying the archetypal systems were already delivered connected Monday and a tiny fig of British unit would supply grooming for a abbreviated play of time.
He did not specify the fig oregon benignant of weapons that were being sent, but said: "They are not strategical weapons and airs nary menace to Russia. They are to usage successful self-defence."
"These are short-range .... but nevertheless it would marque radical intermission and deliberation what they were doing and if tanks were to rotation into Ukraine, invade it, past they would beryllium portion of the defence mechanism."
Wallace said helium had invited Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to sojourn London successful the adjacent fewer weeks to sermon the crisis, though helium did not cognize whether the Russians would accept.
"The existent spread is wide but not unbridgeable. I inactive stay hopefully that diplomacy volition prevail. It is President (Vladimir) Putin’s choice," Wallace said.
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