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Macron is willing to allow Ukraine to ‘neutralize’ Russian military sites with French missiles

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz address journalists during a press conference at Meseberg Castle (Germany), May 28, 2024.

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz have always been careful to avoid escalation with Russia, but on Tuesday, May 28, both took a new step in their military support for Ukraine. During a Franco-German cabinet meeting, the French president agreed for the first time to allow Kiev to attack military targets on Russian territory, while the German chancellor took a more cautious, but novel, approach to the issue.

“We must allow (the Ukrainians) to neutralize the military sites from which the missiles are being fired, the military sites from which Ukraine is being attacked,” Macron said on the final day at a press conference at Meseberg Castle, near Berlin. of his state visit to Germany. “But we should not allow them to touch other targets in Russia, and of course civilian capabilities as well,” he added. “What has changed is that Russia has somewhat adapted its practices,” the French president justified. Using maps to support his position, he noted that Russia was bombing the city of Kharkov and its surroundings from its own territory and no longer from occupied territories: “If we tell (the Ukrainians) ‘you are not allowed to reach the point from which missiles are being fired,’ we tell them, ‘we are supplying you with weapons, but you cannot defend yourself.’

While Germany still refuses to deliver its long-range Taurus missiles to Kiev, Scholz also opened the door for the tanks transferred to the front by Berlin to attack Russian territory. “Ukraine has every opportunity to do so, within the framework of international law,” he said. “We have to say it clearly: it is under attack and it can defend itself.”

Threats from Vladimir Putin

The issue has been worrying Ukraine’s allies for weeks, with President Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly calling for the possibility of attacking Russian territory despite Western restrictions on the weapons they supply. “There is no change in our policy at this time. We do not encourage or enable the use of US-supplied weapons to attack inside Russia.” said John Kirby, spokesman for the United States National Security Council, after Macron’s announcement. NATO, on the other hand, has urged Western capitals to lift restrictions that “tie one hand of the Ukrainians behind their back and make it very difficult for them to conduct defense,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who spoke in the NATO parliamentary assembly. Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria on Monday.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin had sent a warning to European countries. “This continued escalation could lead to serious consequences,” the Russian president threatened from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. “In Europe, especially in small countries, they have to be aware of what they are playing with,” he said, noting that many European countries had a “small territory” and a “dense population.”

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