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Kremlin calls US defense bill ‘extremely divisive’

Moscow has said a US military aid spending bill providing for at least $800m (£657) in additional security aid to Ukraine was ‘extremely divisive’ towards Russia and could lead further destabilization of the situation.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the financial year 2023 will allow additional spending for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, an increase of $500m (£410m) over the request of US President Joe Biden earlier this year.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The document that was adopted is of an extremely divisive nature in relation to our country.

“Of an unprecedented conflicting nature. Which of course, unfortunately, can have rather serious and prolonged consequences on a further destabilization of the situation on the European continent.

The bill also suspends certain restrictions on ammunition contracts to support Ukraine.

The Russian state news agency said the bill also bans Moscow’s military cooperation for another five years and provides sanctions for gold mining operations with Russia.

The law is expected to pass the Senate and House of Representatives this month, and be sent to the White House for President Biden to sign the law.

Russia’s comments come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine would not change its goals to compromise and please Russia.

Speaking via video address at the Madeleine K. Albright Democracy Awards ceremony earlier today, President Zelensky said, “If Russia feels cornered, they just have to go after herself.

“Ukraine and the free world absolutely should not change their goals and trade their values ​​for compromises if the dictatorship is afraid to admit a mistake and tries to pause in its battles.

“We must fully protect freedom and guarantee the security of our democracy.”

Just this morning, the British Ministry of Defense said Russia was influenced by a “false belief” that Ukraine could invade.

Russia has started to strengthen its defenses along the border with Ukraine and deep in the Belgorod region after three attacks on Russian airbases in two days.

They tweeted: “There is a realistic possibility that the Russian authorities will encourage defensive preparations on internationally recognized Russian territory to revive patriotic sentiment.

“However, it likely illustrates the sincere (but false) belief of some Russian decision-makers that there is a credible threat of invasion by Ukrainian forces.”

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