"The fact is that we are constantly working to hide (the data on the toxic effect of such weapons. — RT)... I understand why the Russians are annoyed," Ritter said in an interview with the YOUTube channel US Tour of Duty.

According to him, these munitions evaporate when they hit the target, which leads to the ingress of dangerous particles into the human body.

He noted that the victim could later infect his wife and children.

The ex-intelligence officer added that the United States is aware of the effect of this weapon, but hides it because of the cheapness of production.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Britain's decision to supply Ukraine with ammunition with depleted uranium will not remain without Russia's response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia will be forced to react if the collective West begins to supply Ukraine with weapons with a nuclear component.