Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has criticised the failure of the European Union to agree upon a new arms embargo, and insisted that the delivery of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles may help restrain "hot heads" and "warmongers".
Speaking to Russia Today he said:
Those systems by definition cannot be used by militant groups on the battlefield. We consider this delivery a factor of stabilization.
We believe that moves like this one to a great degree restrain some hotheads from escalating the conflict to the international scale, from involving external forces.