NATO Urges Use of Western Weapons in Russia; Germany Commits €60B in Aid to Ukraine

NATO has called on its member states to allow Ukraine to use Western-supplied weapons against military targets in Russia, a move that has sparked debate, particularly from Germany, which has nevertheless announced 60 billion euros in aid for Ukraine

by Sededin Dedovic
NATO Urges Use of Western Weapons in Russia; Germany Commits €60B in Aid to Ukraine
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In the declaration "With Ukraine to Victory," NATO calls on its members to allow Kyiv to use Western weapons against Russia. Germany has so far opposed this. Baerbock announced 60 billion euros for German aid to Ukraine, reports DW.

NATO has urged its member states to allow Ukraine to use Western weapons against military targets in Russia. On Monday (May 27), at the spring meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, NATO's Parliamentary Assembly adopted an appropriate declaration under the motto "With Ukraine to Victory." "The time has come to lift certain restrictions on the use of delivered weapons," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

He appealed to all allies to consider the use of the weapons they have supplied against targets in Russia, citing specifically the intense fighting in the Kharkiv region on the Russian border. "The front line and the border are more or less identical, and Ukrainians are handcuffed if they cannot attack military targets on Russian territory," Stoltenberg said.

Ukraine will be weaker if we continue to provide only partial support, warned NATO Parliamentary Assembly President, Polish representative Michał Szczerba. Over the weekend, a debate erupted about Stoltenberg's appeal to allow Kyiv to use Western weapons on Russian territory.

In an interview with the newspaper La Stampa, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto criticized Stoltenberg, saying that he "cannot decide alone." Stoltenberg in Sofia also listed three topics for the upcoming NATO summit in Washington in July: enhancing the defensive capacities of member states, supporting Ukraine, and global partnerships with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

The spring meeting of NATO's Parliamentary Assembly was attended by representatives from NATO member and partner countries, including a delegation from the German Bundestag.

Zelensky Calls for Easing Regulations

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continues to advocate for Ukraine to be allowed to use Western weapons against Russia.

In a video address on Sunday, Zelensky said that many countries had expressed condolences over the deadly bombing of the city of Kharkiv, adding, "It is important that this condemnation leads to appropriate consequences." Ukraine needs more air defense and the right to use foreign weapons to attack Russian territory.

"We see every point of concentration of Russian troops. We know all the areas where Russian missiles are launched and where fighter planes take off," he said. It is a political decision to allow the destruction of these forces before they attack Ukraine.

"It is a decision that must be made." Spain and Ukraine signed a security agreement during the first official visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the EU country. The agreement includes, among other things, Spanish military assistance amounting to one billion euros this year, said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, but he did not want to provide details about the military aid when questioned by journalists.

He only said that anti-aircraft missiles, Leopard 2 tanks, and ammunition would continue to be delivered. "The agreement is based on a comprehensive vision of security and therefore extends to various areas such as the military sector, financial support, and cooperation in the military industry." The visit was initially planned for mid-month.

However, Zelensky canceled this and other trips abroad due to intense fighting in the Kharkiv area.

Germany Has So Far Opposed

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has so far opposed the use of Western weapons against Russia.

He currently sees no reason to relax the rules agreed with Ukraine for the use of weapons supplied by Germany, he said during a public discussion at the Festival of Democracy in Berlin on Sunday (May 26). SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert also rejects the use of Western weapons against positions on Russian territory.

The attack on Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities is Russian "terror against the civilian population. However, this does not allow us to do everything we would like," Kühnert said on German public television's morning program.

He emphasized that Ukraine has the right to attack military infrastructure on Russian territory. However, he warned to consider "what kind of debate we would have" if Western weapons accidentally hit civilian infrastructure in Russia.

Germany: 60 Billion, Especially for Eastern Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced that Germany would provide 60 billion euros in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. This is specifically intended for the east of the country, Baerbock said at a meeting with her EU colleagues in Brussels.

The foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries also approved a new legal framework for sanctioning serious human rights violations in Russia. Among other things, it should allow punitive measures against people and organizations responsible for suppressing opposition, several diplomats told the dpa agency.

According to diplomats, around 20 new individuals or organizations will be listed as the first step under the new sanctions regime.

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