Scholz opposes the use of Western weapons to attack Russia

Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany / Photo: EPA-EFE / Thomas Lohnes / POOL

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said he opposes the use of weapons provided by Ukraine's Western allies to attack Russia.

Scholz told ARD that he currently sees no reason to expand the area of ​​use of Western weapons in the war in Ukraine, Ukrainian Pravda reported.

"There are clear rules for the procurement of German weapons that have been agreed with Ukraine and that are working," Scholz said on the German public service's Tageschau show.

He added that this is at least his view.

The aim of his policy towards Ukraine is to "prevent the conflict from escalating into a major war", Scholz added, noting that so far Germany has conditioned the delivery of weapons to Ukraine on the condition that they not be used on Russian territory.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday called on the allies to lift the ban on Ukraine using NATO weapons in attacks on military targets on the territory of the Russian Federation.

"Now that there is a lot of fighting going on in Kharkiv, close to the border, denying Ukraine the ability to use these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory makes it harder for them to defend themselves," he said in an interview with The Economist.

The newspaper states that a clear, although unnamed, goal of Stoltenberg was the policy led by US President Joseph Biden, with which he determines the targets that Ukraine can attack with US weapons, reports Tanjug.

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