Germany moving towards giving Ukraine permission to use its weapons against Russia – German DM

Boris Pistorius in Odesa at a briefing with Rustem Umerov, May 30
Boris Pistorius in Odesa at a briefing with Rustem Umerov, May 30

Germany would consider allowing Ukraine to use German weapons to strike targets in Russia, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said at a briefing during a visit to Odesa, Ukrinform reported on May 30.

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He recalled the words of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who stated that German weapons can be used “within the framework of international law.”

Pistorius also noted that bilateral treaties exist “not to be discussed publicly, to draw some red lines, what is tolerated and what is not tolerated.”

German Defense Minister arrived in Odesa on an unannounced visit on May 30, where he met with Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov and announced a new aid package worth €500 million.

Use of Western weapons on Russian territory

The U.S. does not "encourage" Ukraine to use American weapons to strike Russian territory, White House spokesperson John Kirby said on May 17.

Foreign weapons should be used "to reclaim Ukrainian sovereign territory" and this should occur "specifically on Ukrainian territory," the Pentagon emphasized.

Ukraine likely received U.S. approval to use American weapons for strikes on Russian territory, Le Monde, analyzing statements by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to Kyiv, reported.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron pledged $3.74 billion in annual military aid to Ukraine on May 3. London does not object to the use of its weapons for strikes on Russia, he added.

Le Monde views Cameron and Blinken's statements as "a sign of a deliberate shift in the West's position" on this issue.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Brown provided evasive answers on May 20, when asked whether Ukraine could use American weapons to strike the aggressor country amid the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv Oblast.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told The New York Times on May 21, that he had asked the U.S. to allow Ukraine to use American missiles and other weapons on military targets inside Russia.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated his opposition, on May 26, to Ukraine using Western weapons to strike Russian territory.

Swedish Defense Minister Paul Jonsson declared that Ukraine could use Swedish weapons for attacks on Russian territory.

Read also: Germany inclined to allow Ukraine to strike inside Russia, the latest ally to change its position

The White House has also allegedly secretly authorized Ukraine to strike Russian territory with American weapons, but only in the Kharkiv area, Politico reported on May 30.

The AFP news agency, citing unnamed sources, reported that Ukraine had already used Western weapons to strike Russian territory several times, most recently in Krasnodar.

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