Russia said that Ukraine acquiring Patriot missiles from the United States, announced during President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's visit to Washington, would not help settle the conflict or prevent Moscow from achieving its goals, APA reports citing Reuters.
Though the Patriot air defence system is widely regarded as advanced, President Vladimir Putin dismissed it as "quite old", telling Moscow would find a way to counter it. At the same time, he said Russia wants an end to the war in Ukraine and that this would inevitably involve a diplomatic solution.
"Our goal is not to spin the flywheel of military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war," Putin said.
"We will strive for an end to this, and the sooner the better, of course."
These comments drew quick U.S. scepticism. White House spokesman John Kirby said Putin had "shown absolutely zero indication that he's willing to negotiate" an end to the war.
"Everything he (Putin) is doing on the ground and in the air bespeaks a man who wants to continue to visit violence upon the Ukrainian people (and) escalate the war," said Kirby.