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France considers giving Ukraine permission to attack Russian territory with its weapons

20 May, 2024 Monday
10:25

Jean-Louis Bourlanges, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in France's lower house, urges a doctrine change to allow Ukraine to use French weapons against Russian territory

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Le Figaro reports.

Jean-Louis Bourlange issued a statement calling on France to “get out of the waiting game and decide not to prohibit Ukraine from attacking Russian territory with its weapons anymore.

“The time seems to have come,” he said, emphasizing that Paris “has been expressing for months its desire to be at the forefront of solidarity with Ukraine and inter-allied coordination.”

In his opinion, “the change in the doctrine is absolutely legitimate, as it puts an end to the unacceptable asymmetry between the position of the aggressor and the position of the victim of aggression.”

“The right to self-defense excludes the right to defend the aggressor's territory,” he explained.

 
  • Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braže said that Ukraine has already received Western weapons from some partners with permission to strike at Russian territory.

  • The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe has stated that the US should allow Ukraine to strike military targets in Russia's border regions.

  • Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said that the weapons provided by the United States to Ukraine should be used within Ukrainian territory.

  • On May 18, it became known that Ukraine had asked the administration of US President Joe Biden to lift restrictions on the use of US weapons against military targets in Russia.


 

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