Putin threatens consequences for Europe and ‘entire world’ if UK gives planes to Ukraine
Russia is making a point of letting all countries know that it's serious about defending its interests in its hostile takeover of the Ukraine.
The UK is presently in Russia's sight because of its recent efforts to assist the Ukraine in defending itself.
Russian leaders issue warning to countries sympathetic to Ukraine
Vladimir Putin has threatened Britain with a "response" involving "military-political consequences" if it provides the Ukraine with much needed fighter jets, according to the Daily Mail.
However, Russia's State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin has gone on record with a threat that's much more broad than just the UK's defense of the Ukraine.
"Supplies of offensive weapons to the Kyiv regime would lead to a global catastrophe," State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin told CNBC.
He went on to detail that, "If Washington and NATO supply weapons that would be used for striking peaceful cities and making attempts to seize our territory as they threaten to do, it would trigger a retaliation with more powerful weapons."
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, presently serving as the Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council, uttered his own threat on behalf of Russia on Jan. 19th, the day before military leaders gathered at Germany's Ramstein base.
"...At the Ramstein base in [Germany], the great military leaders will discuss new tactics and strategy, as well as deliveries of new heavy weapons and strike systems to Ukraine," he told the Daily Star.
"And this is right after the Davos Forum, where underdeveloped political party goers repeat like a mantra: 'To achieve peace, Russia must lose'.
"It doesn't occur to any of the wretches to draw the following elementary conclusion: That the loss of a nuclear power in a conventional war could provoke a nuclear war," Medvedev said.
He added that Putin may be forced out of office if Russia doesn't win the war, and that the "fate" of Russia was at risk in this war.
"Nuclear powers have not lost major conflicts on which their fate depends, and this should be obvious to anyone," he said. "Even a Western politician with any trace of intelligence. "
President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Britain for fighter jets
President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Britain on Tuesday for the first time since Russia's invasion last year, according to the Daily Mail.
During the visit, he spoke with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, reminding him of the Ukraine's dire need for fighter jets.
Sunak confirmed that these would be made available to the Ukrainian army, as well as training for their air force.
Additional countries offering their support
Germany has been one of the primary countries to provide weapons to the Ukraine.
It's been considering providing Leopard 2 tanks to further assist the Ukraine, according to CNBC.
Poland the the Baltic countries have been critical of Germany for holding back.
The Baltic countries were once a part of the old Soviet Bloc, and feel highly threatened by Russia's actions in the Ukraine.
Poland and the Baltic countries are suspicious that Russia's big picture is to rebuild the old Soviet Union.
Senator Chris Coones (D-DE.), a part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Republican chariman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, both spoke up on behalf o the Ukraine during a Jan. 22 interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
"... I am concerned that Russia is re-arming and preparing for a spring offensive. If it requires our sending some Abrams tanks in order to unlock getting the Leopard tanks from Germany, from Poland, from other allies, I would support that," Coones said.
"...What I hear is that Germany is waiting for us to take the lead,"said McCaul, adding that he believed if the US would send even just one Abrams tank, that Germany would follow with Leopard tanks.