Washington’s possible tank deliveries to Ukraine a ‘blatant provocation’: Russian ambassador

The doable deliveries of battle tanks by Washington to Ukraine will be “one more blatant provocation” in opposition to Russia, Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, claimed on Wednesday (Jan 25).

“It is evident that Washington is purposefully trying to inflict a strategic defeat on us,” Antonov reported in remarks printed on the embassy’s Telegram messaging app.

“If the United States decides to supply tanks, then justifying these types of a phase with arguments about ‘defensive weapons’ will surely not get the job done. This would be yet another blatant provocation in opposition to the Russian Federation.”

The United States was predicted to announce as shortly as Wednesday that it will send heavy tanks to Ukraine.