Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned that any cargo transporting weapons to Ukraine will be considered “legitimate targets” for Russian troops as it pushes forward with its invasion.

The comments come as Ukraine continues to ask for military help in its fight against Russian troops. 

“We clearly said that any cargo moving into the Ukrainian territory which we would believe is carrying weapons would be fair game,” Lavrov said on RT Friday, ABC News reported.


“This is clear because we are implementing the operation the goal of which is to remove any threat to the Russian Federation coming from the Ukrainian soil,” he added. 

The threat comes a day after Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCassidy says transfer of Polish jets to Ukraine ‘within the rules of the game’ Graham introduces resolution urging Biden to help send jets to Ukraine Russia’s war shines a light on social media’s inconsistencies MORE (S.C.) introduced a resolution to give Ukraine fighter jets and air defense systems. 

“I’m urging the Senate to speak with one voice, to meet the moment. … If we had a vote on the resolution to supply the Ukrainian military with the MiG fighters and other air defense systems, it would be a shot in the arm to Ukrainian people and their military,” Graham said.

Russia’s threats are the latest in a series of warnings since fighting has accelerated in Ukraine and the U.S. has increased its condemnation and issued escalating sanctions. 

President BidenJoe BidenRepublican senators introduce bill to ban Russian uranium imports Energy & Environment — Ruling blocking climate accounting metric halted Fauci says officials need more than .5B for COVID-19 response MORE recently banned all Russian oil imports and called Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRepublican senators introduce bill to ban Russian uranium imports Hillicon Valley — Invasion complicates social media policy Defense & National Security — Blinken details Russia’s possible next steps MORE a “war criminal.”

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the U.S. has engaged in “disgusting” anti-Russia sentiment. 

“It will not work — Russia has the might to put all of our brash enemies in their place,” Medvedev said.

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