Russia decries ‘verbal escalation’ of Western leaders backing Ukraine

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will not object to Ukraine using British weapons to strike military targets inside Russia, according to the United Kingdom’s top diplomat.

“Ukraine has that right,” British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said during a visit to the war-torn country. “Just as Russia is striking inside Ukraine, you can quite understand why Ukraine feels the need to make sure it’s defending itself.”

Cameron’s allowance amounted to a “verbal escalation,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s associates retorted.

“We see this kind of verbal escalation from officials. We see it both at the level of heads of state when it comes to France and at a rather expert level when it comes to the U.K.,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, per state media. “This is a direct
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