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US maintains its position on Ukraine's strikes on Russian territory - State Department

US maintains its position on Ukraine's strikes on Russian territory - State Department Photo: US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller (Getty Images)
Author: Daryna Vialko

The United States' position on the use of American weapons by Ukrainian forces on Russian territory remains unchanged, according to State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

"Our policy has been that we don't encourage or enable strikes outside Ukraine's borders. But if you look at the broad sweep of our policy, we made clear that Ukraine has no bigger supporter than the United States," Miller said.

He emphasized that the US not only makes statements but also provides the Ukrainian army with specific military aid packages. Additionally, the US continues to play a leadership role in coalition efforts involving over 50 countries worldwide to support Ukraine.

"We back it up with the measures we take to hold Russia accountable," Miller added.

Ukraine requests permission to strike Russian territory

Ukraine calls on its partners to allow strikes with Western weaponry on Russian territory. Specifically, the country has appealed to the US, France, and Britain, which supply long-range missiles to Ukraine, that could be used to strike Russian army groups on Russian territory near the Ukrainian border.

Recently, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged allied countries supplying weapons to Ukraine to lift the ban on their use for targeting military objects on Russian territory.

Yesterday, on May 27, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly called on Alliance member governments to allow Ukraine to strike military targets on Russian territory with Western weapons.

According to the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, European Union countries have begun to permit Ukraine to strike Russian territory with Western weapons. This issue is still being discussed.