Finland joins countries that don’t mind Ukraine using their weapons to hit Russian rear

Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen. Photo: Elina Valtonen/X

Ukraine’s self-defence can include attacks on military targets in Russia’s territory if it sticks to international law.

This was stated by Finnish Foreign Minister on May 29.

“Finland has not set any specific restrictions on its materiel aid to Ukraine, but expects the materiel to be used in accordance with international law. Russia is waging an illegal war of aggression in Ukraine, and Ukraine has the right to self-defense, according to Article 51 of the UN Charter,” Elina Valtonen, Finnish FM, told Uusi Suomi.

As of today, at least 10 countries have allowed Ukraine to use weapons provided by them to hit military facilites in Russia, among them are the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, France, Finland, and Canada.

Western partners started making such statements more actively as French President Emmanuel Macron made a statement himself at a joint conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 28.

“We must allow them [Ukrainians] to take out the military sites the missiles are fired from,” said Macron.

Meanwhile, the US still hasn’t granted Ukraine a clear approval to use US-made arms to attack Russian territory.

Previously, NATO Secretary General expressed his position, starting the discussion among allies. He firmly believes that Ukraine’s right for self-defence requires striking Russia, because ‘if Ukraine cannot hit those military targets, it will be much harder for them to defend themselves’.

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