Ukraine Granted Permission to Use German Weapons on Russian Territory

After the USA allowed the use of weapons on Russian territory, today the German government also announced: Ukraine is allowed to use German weapons against targets on Russian territory

by Sededin Dedovic
Ukraine Granted Permission to Use German Weapons on Russian Territory
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After the USA, Germany has also allowed Ukraine to use the supplied weapons against Russian targets. A government spokesperson said it was in accordance with international law. "We are convinced together that Ukraine has the right under international law to defend itself against these attacks," the statement said.

"To that end, it may also use the weapons delivered, including from Germany, in accordance with its international legal obligations." Ukraine is under military pressure, especially in the Kharkiv region. Previously, the USA approved the use of American weapons for targets in Russia to a limited extent.

This applies only to counterattacks in defense of the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, as reported by "Politico" and CNN, among others. According to the assessment of the German government, Ukraine has implemented all reform requirements to start accession talks with the European Union.

"From the federal government's perspective, Ukraine meets all the conditions to open accession negotiations with the EU in June," said State Minister for EU Affairs Ana Lirman (Greens) in response to a question from the dpa news agency.

"Therefore, we advocate for a swift agreement of all EU member states on the negotiating framework." In December 2023, the European Union decided to start accession negotiations with Ukraine and its neighbor Moldova. However, it was agreed that all reform requirements must be met before the start of negotiations.

According to the EU Commission's report, some reforms to combat corruption, protect minorities, and control the influence of oligarchs have not been fully implemented in Ukraine. According to Brussels diplomats, at the meeting of EU ambassadors from member states next week, it may become clear whether there will be a swift agreement on the negotiating framework.

The negotiating framework sets out guidelines and principles for accession negotiations. It is a prerequisite for the start of negotiations and must be unanimously decided upon by all 27 EU member states. According to diplomats, the approval of Hungary is particularly uncertain.

They say the government in Budapest disagrees with the current draft negotiating framework and, among other things, wants the issue of minority protection to be more explicit. Hungary is extremely critical of Ukraine's desire to join the EU.

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