Scholz rejects Ukrainian use of German weapons on Russian territory

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Scholz rejects Ukrainian use of German weapons on Russian territory

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is resisting a possible Western expansion in military backing for Ukraine, saying on Sunday he does not favour allowing Kiev to use German weapons to hit targets in Russia, reported dpa.

"We have clear rules agreed with Ukraine for the arms deliveries we have made so far. And they work. At least that's my theory," Scholz said at a Berlin event marking the 75th anniversary of Germany's constitution, or Basic Law.

Germany has supplied Kiev with long-range artillery pieces such as the Mars II rocket launcher, which has a range of more than 80 kilometres, since Russia invaded Ukraine more than two years ago.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukrainian armed forces have been prohibited from using Western weapons to hit targets within Russia.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Zelensky urgently requested that Ukraine's allies grant permission for weapons to be used to target Russian artillery positions near the Ukrainian border.

Until now, Ukraine has only been able to hit targets in Russia using drones produced within its own territory.

Green Party politician Anton Hofreiter recently became the first member of Germany's governing coalition to publicly support loosening restrictions on Ukraine's use of Western arms.

"This is about protecting the Ukrainian population," he said in an interview published by Germany's Funke media group on Saturday. "International law allows an attacked state to attack military targets in the aggressor's country," he added.

According to a report in the New York Times, the US government is already considering authorizing the use of Western weapons on Russian territory.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said during a recent visit to Kiev that it was up to Ukraine to decide whether to use British weapons against positions in Russia. In response, Moscow summoned the British ambassador and threatened retaliation in the event of an attack with British weapons.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

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