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Marie KRPATA , quoted by Sophia Khatsenkova in "Euronews"

Germany and France agree Ukraine may strike Russian Military Targets

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany would not prohibit Ukrainian attacks on Russian military targets, saying Ukraine "is allowed to defend itself."


The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the French President Emmanuel Macron showed their joint support for Ukraine during a Franco-German defence and security council in Meseberg on Tuesday.

Whilst Chancellor Scholz had previously been firm on Ukraine not using Western weapons to strike Russian targets, he made a step in the direction of Macron, on the third and last day of the French president's historic state visit to Germany.

Both leaders put their disagreements aside and compromised on the divisive subject of EU defence.

The German chancellor was also more open in terms of military aid to Ukraine, saying Kyiv should be allowed to hit military sites inside Russia but not other targets – a turning point for Berlin since the chancellor had been reluctant to let Ukraine strike over the border, fearing it could lead to a direct conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.

“Ukraine has every possibility to do this, under international law,” Scholz said. “It must be said clearly, if Ukraine is attacked, it can defend itself.”

“I find it strange when some people argue that it should not be allowed to defend itself and take measures that are suitable for this," he added.


The goal of the historic state visit was to show a united Franco-German front as both leaders face predicted defeats at the hands of far-right parties less than two weeks before the European elections.

"In France, the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) is leading the polls at 33%, while the Renaissance (Macron's party) is at 15.5%. Macron's visit to Germany is also a way of saying, I'm pro-European," said Marie Krpata, a researcher at the Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) in Paris. 

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