NATO Chief's Shocking Suggestion And The Game-Changing Weapons Ukraine Could Soon Use

By Greg Moriarty | Monday, 27 May 2024 11:10 PM
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In a recent interview with the Economist, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg suggested that it may be time for allies to reconsider the restrictions they have placed on the use of weapons donated to Ukraine.

This comes as a significant departure from the stance of the Biden administration, which has maintained a ban on Ukraine using American weapons to target Russian territory.

Stoltenberg's comments come at a critical time when much of the fighting is taking place in Kharkiv, near the Russian border. "To deny Ukraine the possibility of using these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory makes it very hard for them to defend themselves," Stoltenberg stated.

While the NATO chief did not explicitly name the U.S. or the Biden administration, his remarks are particularly relevant given the ongoing U.S. prohibition on Ukraine using American weapons to strike within Russia.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been vocal in his appeal to the U.S. to lift these restrictions. His calls have started to resonate with some lawmakers in the U.S. Congress. A bipartisan group of legislators, led by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Michael Turner, R-Ohio, recently wrote a letter to the Defense Department requesting the lifting of restrictions on the use of U.S. weapons.

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"Ukrainians have been unable to defend themselves due to the administration's current policy," the letter stated.

A report from the Institute for the Study of War indicates that Russia continues to gather equipment and personnel at the Ukrainian border for a planned offensive in Kharkiv. The majority of this equipment is held in reserve on the Russian side of the border, beyond the reach of much of Ukraine's arsenal.

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However, this could change if Ukraine were allowed to use the HIMARS rocket and ATACMS missile weapons systems supplied by the U.S., which, according to the report, would likely be able to reach Russian targets.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has also expressed support for changing the current policy. In an interview with Voice of America, Johnson argued against the U.S. "micromanaging" Ukraine's war efforts. "I think we need to allow Ukraine to prosecute the war the way they see fit," Johnson said. "They need to be able to fight back."

The White House has yet to respond to these developments.

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