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Sweden supports Ukraine's strikes on Russia with Swedish weapons

Sweden supports Ukraine's strikes on Russia with Swedish weapons Paul Johnson, Minister of Defense of Sweden (photo: Getty Images)

Sweden is not against the use of Swedish weapons by Ukraine to strike targets in Russia.

For example, amid discussions in NATO about whether Ukraine should be allowed to attack Russia with Western weapons, a journalist from Hallandsposten asked Swedish Defense Minister Paul Johnson what the Swedish position on this issue was.

"Ukraine is experiencing unprovoked and illegal aggression from Russia. According to international law, Ukraine has the right to defend itself by means of military actions directed at the enemy's territory, if the military actions are in accordance with the laws of war. Sweden supports international law and Ukraine's right to self-defense," the Swedish minister said.

Ukraine asks for permission to strike Russia with Western weapons

Amid Russia's new offensive in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine has stepped up its calls to NATO countries to get permission to strike Russian territory with Western weapons. In particular, the United States, France, and Britain are providing Ukraine with long-range missiles that could be used to strike at occupation groups in Russia near the Ukrainian border.

In May, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while visiting Kyiv, said that Ukraine has the right to decide how it uses US weapons. But the United States, he said, does not encourage Ukraine to strike Russian territory.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron also stated that there are no restrictions on Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine is free to use British Storm Shadow missiles against targets in Russia.

However, the vast majority of NATO countries do not support strikes with Western weapons against Russia. In particular, Germany, France and Italy. That is why NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the alliance countries to cancel this restriction.