Moscow has already warned against sending the advanced American warplane to the ex-Soviet republic by the Western countries, arguing that the move raises the question of US-led NATO’s direct military involvement in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
This is while a number of US allies have already volunteered to host the F-16 training of Ukrainian pilots, including Poland, which is one of Ukraine's biggest supporters.
On Tuesday, Lavrov said that when the West is said to supply F-16 jets to Kiev, Moscow has to bear in mind that such warplanes are also capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
"We must keep in mind that one of the modifications of the F-16 has the capability to deliver nuclear weapons. If they do not understand this, then they are worthless as military strategists and planners," Russia's top diplomat noted, as quoted by TASS news agency.
Lavrov, who was speaking at a military base in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, added that the West first equipped Kiev with long-range weapons and tanks and now is preparing to send F-16 jets to Ukraine.
"Anything can be expected from the leaders of the US and other Western countries (which Washington has completely subjugated). They are already proving this when, following advanced long-range weapons and tanks, they are now seriously preparing F-16s," he stated.
"Some people say two squadrons are set to be transferred, others say there will be eight. They are preparing to continue to escalate the war that was unleashed against us," he further said.
Lavrov described Russia as a "peaceful" nation, which only "wants to be left alone so that no one tries to drag us into any US-led globalist organizations and mechanisms."
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