The EU and NATO supported the authorization of strikes by Ukraine on the territory of the Russian Federation


European Union defense ministers are debating whether to allow Ukraine to strike targets deep inside Russia with weapons sent by NATO member states. As written Bloomberg, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stepped up his efforts to urge allies to lift restrictions on striking targets in Russia.

"When we supply weapons to Ukraine, they are actually no longer ours. It belongs to Ukrainians, and they have the right to self-defense, including the destruction of legitimate military targets outside Ukraine — on the territory of Russia." Stoltenberg said at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bulgaria.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said that such a step is acceptable from the point of view of international law, since Moscow's attacks on Ukraine are taking place from the territory of Russia.

"There will be a risk of escalation, I'm sure, but you have to balance the risk of escalation and Ukraine's need to defend itself," he added, saying the current situation is "totally asymmetric."

Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur said that Ukraine is already striking targets on the territory of Russia with its own drones.

"It cannot be normal that the Russians are attacking the Ukrainian territories from the depths, and the Ukrainians are fighting with one hand behind their backs." - he said.

Kyiv's allies are stepping up efforts to send more air defenses to Ukraine, but strikes against targets inside Russia, where its attacks are coming from, could help reduce the cost of defending Ukrainian cities with expensive missiles.

In a bid to boost aid to Ukraine, Belgium has pledged to deliver 30 F-16 fighter jets by 2028, with the first arriving this year, Foreign Minister Haja Lahbib said.

The defense ministers of Latvia and the Netherlands also expressed their support for the idea of ​​allowing Kyiv to use Western weapons for strikes against the Russian Federation. Meanwhile, Germany is still holding back supplies of the Taurus missile for fear of escalation.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's chief spokesman, Steffen Hebeshreit, told reporters on Monday that an attacked state can usually defend itself by striking targets outside its borders as well, as this is in accordance with international law.

"And then it's always a question of the proportionality of the attack in question." Hebstreit added.

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petro Fiala, considers it possible to use weapons that Ukraine will receive from abroad for strikes on targets located on the territory of the Russian Federation.

"If we are talking about Jens Stoltenberg's or someone else's statements that Ukraine could use weapons supplied to it from abroad, I consider it quite logical. Ukraine is a country that defends itself. As a country that has been attacked, it absolutely has every right to use every opportunity for its defense." - he said.

In addition, the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, Kaisa Ollongren, before the meeting of the defense ministers of the EU countries in Brussels, stated that Ukraine should strike at the Russian Federation.

"It is quite obvious that they (Ukrainians - UNIAN) should strike inside Russia as well, therefore, from my point of view, this should not be a subject of discussion, and I hope that other countries that have a different position will change it," - emphasized Ollongren.

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