Lithuania supports fewer limits on Ukraine's use of Western arms for Russian strikes

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis

Ukrainian allies should lift restrictions on the use of Western weapons, granting Kyiv more freedom to strike targets inside Russia, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in an interview with the French TV channel LCI on May 20.

“We made a mistake from the very beginning by restricting the Ukrainians, because it could have been seen as an escalation,” he said.

Ukraine should be able to use the equipment provided to achieve its strategic objectives, including “strikes on Russian territory, supply lines and troops preparing to attack Ukraine. Only one side is subject to the rules. We must abandon these rules that we have created ourselves.”

This follows an earlier May 17 statement made by Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh that the U.S. had not liftedits ban on Ukraine using U.S.-made weapons for strikes inside Russia.

"Our position has not changed,” she said. “We believe that the equipment and capabilities we, and other countries, provide to Ukraine should be used to reclaim Ukrainian sovereign territory."

The use of Western weapons on Russia’s territory

Ukraine has likely received permission from the United States to use American weapons to strike Russian territory, Le Monde reported on May 16, analyzing statements made 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, stating that London has no objection to Ukraine using weapons to strike Russia.

Le Monde considers Cameron and Blinken's statements "a sign of a deliberate change in the West's position" on this issue.

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