Stoltenberg is asking allies to lift restrictions on Ukraine's use of Western weapons against targets in Russia

Jans Stoltenberg - NATO Secretary General / Photo: "Sloboden Pechat" / Dragan Mitreski

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on allies to lift restrictions on Ukraine's use of weapons to attack military targets in Russia.

"I think the time has come for the allies to consider whether to lift some of the restrictions they have imposed on the use of the weapons they have donated to Ukraine," Stoltenberg said in an interview with The Economist, recalling the fighting in the Kharkiv region. "Depriving Ukraine of the opportunity to use these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory greatly complicates its defense," he stressed.

The Secretary General stated that Russia is waging an aggressive war and Ukraine has the right to defend itself. "And that includes strikes on Russian territory," he explained, noting that some allies have already lifted such restrictions and "it's time for other allies" to think about it.

Stoltenberg stressed that self-defense is "embedded in the UN Charter, and we are helping Ukraine to defend this right, which should include the possibility of strikes on Russian territory," the Secretary General stressed.

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