OREANDA-NEWS Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the air of Solovyov Live that it was "impossible and pointless" to discuss Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's promises not to use American HIMARS missile systems to strike Russia, according to a Gazeta.ru article.

She pointed out that "no one is guided by verbal statements of Ukrainian and Western politicians anymore," "they are known to be worthless," which is why Russia demanded written security guarantees late last year.

On June 1, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the country would allocate a new military aid package to Ukraine that included HIMARS multiple rocket launchers. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed that Kiev had promised Washington that it would not use U.S.-supplied MLRSs to attack Russian territory. Deputy Pentagon Chief of Staff Colin Kahl said that the United States does not want to be dragged into the conflict, but does not recognize Russia's right to veto arms supplies to Ukraine.