The UK has sent Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, and this action has elicited a stern warning from Russia, threatening a “proportionate response”.
The ins and outs of the Kremlin’s stance on this issue were dissected on the Daily podcast, featuring expert analysis of President Vladimir Putin’s recent Victory Day speech.
The news first surfaced in Russian media, provoking an immediate response from Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson. His remarks were broadcasted by RIA Novosti, Russia’s state-controlled news agency.
Peskov conveyed Russia’s vehement disapproval of Britain’s move, stating, “Russia views the UK’s decision to provide Kyiv with Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles extremely negatively. A proportionate response is inevitable.”
The reported supply of multiple Storm Shadow cruise missiles to Ukraine is seen by Russia as crossing a “red line”, a term frequently employed by Russian authorities to denote actions that would compel a robust retaliatory reaction from the nation but never do.
The Ministry of Defence has remained silent on the matter, withholding any official statements or comments on these reports.