Russian ambassador gave open threat
Russian Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said the US, UK and German actions would only exacerbate the crisis. This decision of these countries has gone far beyond providing Ukraine with defensive weapons. He told Russia Today in an interview that if Ukraine decides to deploy the M1 Abrams tank from the US, it will undoubtedly be destroyed like other NATO weapons. He accused the US of continuing to provide military aid to its puppet government in Ukraine.
America accused of inciting Russia-Ukraine enmity
Ambassador Antonov claimed that the reason for Russia-Ukraine enmity is America. America has sponsored the enmity between the two countries. He is using Ukraine as a proxy for a strategic defeat against Russia. He added that if the US decides to supply tanks, it would be impossible to justify such a move using arguments about defensive weapons. This would be another blatant provocation against the Russian Federation. He said that no one should be under any illusion about who is the real aggressor in the current conflict.
America will send more than 30 Abrams tanks
The US has decided to send over 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. However, it has not been officially announced. US officials say the issue is still being worked out with the Pentagon. He also told that it may take months to deliver these tanks to Ukraine. An official said these tanks would be purchased under the upcoming Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative package, which provides funding for weapons and equipment to be purchased from commercial vendors.