Bombed out hospital struck by Russian military in Mariupol, Ukraine
Bombed out hospital struck by Russian military in Mariupol, UkraineREUTERS

The Russian government issued a thinly-veiled warning to Israel not to provide any military weapons to Ukraine after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was considering whether to do so.

“We say that all countries that supply weapons should understand that we will consider these to be legitimate targets for Russia’s armed forces,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Wednesday.

She added: “Any attempts — implemented or even unrealized but announced for the supply of additional, new or some other weapons — lead and will lead to an escalation of this crisis. And everyone should be aware of this."

Zakharova's threat comes a day after Prime Minister Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN's Take Tapper that he would "certainly consider" providing arms to Ukraine if the US agreed to such a move.

“If I’m asked by both sides, and frankly, if I’m asked by the United States — because I think, you know, you can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen," Netanyahu said. "And you know, we have our own backyard to deal with.”

Israel has supplied Ukraine with humanitarian aid since the Russian invasion began in late February 2022. However, the Ukrainian government has been critical of Israel's reticence to provide military aid during the now year-long war.