May 24. 2024. 5:06

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Scholz: Ukraine ‘not wise’ to strike Russian territory with West’s weapons


It would not be wise for Ukraine to attack Russian territory with weapons it received from the West should it successfully push out Russian forces, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday, as many Germans increasingly fear this scenario may well play out.

As military assistance to Ukraine from the West has long passed the €50 billion mark, some now fear what will happen should Ukraine win.

“It would not be very wise if the weapons we supply were now used, for example, to launch attacks on Russian territory,” Scholz told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview on Thursday night, responding to fears German tanks may roll towards Moscow once more.

“Under international law, it is obvious that everything we do is permissible,” he added.

Still, many people in Germany fear Ukraine forces could launch an attack on Moscow should they successfully repel Russian invaders. According to signatories of the so-called “manifest for peace”, this could, at the latest lead to “nuclear retaliation”.

Launching an attack on Russia “is something we have discussed and agreed that this should not happen,” Scholz added.

In May 2022, US President Joe Biden published a manifesto, “What America Will and Will Not Do in Ukraine”, in the New York Times, where he stated that the US are “not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders.”

According to Scholz, this approach continues to be the principle that guides support for Ukraine. “We all act accordingly,” he said.

(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer | EURACTIV.de)