Moscow sees the delivery of modern Western battle tanks to Ukraine as “direct involvement” in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
"There are constant statements from European capitals, from Washington that them sending various weapons systems, including tanks, to Ukraine in no way means the involvement of these countries or the alliance in the hostilities that are taking place in Ukraine,” Peskov said in a daily press call with reporters.
“We absolutely disagree with this ... everything that the alliance ... does is perceived as direct involvement in the conflict, we see that it is growing," he said.
Peskov's comments come after Germany agreed to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine following weeks of diplomatic pressure.
Berlin has also said it will approve the re-export of the German-made tanks from other European allies that have stocks of the tank.