Russia: U.S. 'crossed the line' by arming Ukraine
Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, has released a statement accusing the U.S. of seeking to increase casualties in the conflict with Ukraine.
In a statement on the website of Russia's foreign ministry, Ryabkov said: "Washington is trying to present itself as a mediator. It is not a mediator at all, it is an accomplice in fomenting a war."
The statement comes after the US described Russia as a "revisionist power" in its new national security strategy.
The state department has announced that the US will hand Ukraine "enhanced defensive capabilities." ■