Czech PM supports Ukraine using Western weapons on Russian territory

Petr Fiala
Petr Fiala

Prague supports Ukraine’s use of Western weapons to strike Russian territory, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on May 28, according to the news agency dpa.

"As a country under attack, Ukraine certainly has every right to use all means of defense," he said.

Fiala described this position as "simply logical."

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The Czech official also noted that Ukraine is facing a "dangerous moment" as Russian invasion forces are trying to advance into the north of Kharkiv Oblast, seeking to open a new front in the war.

Use of Western weapons on Russian territory

The United States 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 should occur "specifically on Ukrainian territory," the Pentagon emphasized.

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

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.

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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 Russia amid the Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast.

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

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

Swedish Defense Minister Pål Jonson declared that Ukraine could use Swedish weapons for attacks on Russian territory.

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