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

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz are nonetheless very eager to keep away from escalation with Russia, however on Tuesday, May 28, each took a brand new step of their navy assist for Ukraine. During a Franco-German council of ministers, the top of state agreed for the primary time to authorize kyiv to strike navy targets on Russian territory, whereas the German chancellor made a extra cautious overture. , however new, on the query.

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“We must allow [aux Ukrainiens] to neutralize the military sites from which the missiles are fired, basically, the military sites from which Ukraine is attacked”stated Emmanuel Macron, throughout a press convention at Meseberg Castle, close to Berlin, on the final day of his state go to to Germany. “But we must not allow other targets in Russia and obviously civilian capabilities to be hit”he clarified. “What has changed is that Russia has adapted its practices a little”justified the French president, noting, with supporting maps, that it’s bombing town of Kharkiv and its environment from its soil and now not from the occupied territories: “If we say [aux Ukrainiens] “you do not have the right to reach the point from which the missiles are fired”, in actual fact, they’re instructed “we are delivering weapons to you, but you cannot defend yourself”. »

If Germany nonetheless refuses to ship its long-range Taurus missiles to kyiv, Olaf Scholz has additionally opened the door to the tanks transferred by Berlin to the entrance hitting Russian territory. “Ukraine has every possibility to do so, under international law”he declared in a much less specific method: “It must be said clearly, she is attacked and can defend herself. »

Threats from Vladimir Putin

The question has embarrassed Ukraine's allies for weeks, its president Volodymyr Zelensky having repeatedly called for the possibility of striking Russian territory, despite the restrictions placed by the West on the weapons they supply. “Our position has not changed at this stage. We neither encourage nor permit the use of US-supplied weapons to strike Russian soil.”, commented John Kirby, spokesperson for the American National Security Council, after Mr. Macron's announcement. On the contrary, NATO is encouraging Western capitals to lift restrictions which “tie their hands behind the backs of Ukrainians”based on its common secretary, Jens Stoltenberg.

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