The U.S. is not seeking to prevent Ukraine from developing its own long-range strike capabilities that could eventually be directed at Russian territory. This was understood from the words of the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, quoted by CNN.
“We are not working to prevent Ukraine from developing its own potential,” Austin said on Tuesday.
His comments came after a senior US State Department official suggested that Ukrainians were behind drone strikes on two Russian military airfields. There is a question about the bases in the Saratov and Ryazan regions, hundreds of kilometers from the territories controlled by Ukraine, deep into the Russian Federation. There was also a drone strike in Kursk. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Newland told CNN that “no one has claimed responsibility” for the drone strikes, but added that “the Ukrainian people are extremely innovative — they create their own drones that are extremely effective.”
In addition, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday that the US “neither encouraged nor enabled Ukrainians to strike Russian territory”. “We don’t allow Ukraine to launch attacks across its borders, we don’t encourage Ukraine to launch attacks across its borders,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.