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Biden under pressure to allow Ukraine to attack Russian territory with Western weapons

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

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The American president, Joe Biden, is under increasing pressure to allow Ukraine to use Western weapons to attack Russian territory.

A number of US allies have signaled this week that they are open to the possibility, the BBC reports.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has warned of "serious consequences", especially for what he has called "small states" in Europe.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said that Washington's position on this issue will be "adjusted" based on the changing conditions of the battlefield. 

Blinken is currently in the Czech capital, Prague, for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the National Security of the White House, John Kirby, has declared late Wednesday that although the US support for Kiev has increased "for now, there is no change in our policies". 

Ukraine has been battling a Russian offensive in the east of the country, with the city of Kharkiv suffering weeks of deadly attacks, often launched by Russia from military posts near the Ukrainian border. 

Blinken's statement, during a trip to Europe, followed direct comments made earlier this week by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Ukraine should be "allowed" to use Western-supplied weapons against military sites. on Russian territory - although strictly not on civilian targets. 

Macron has long championed the idea of ​​more direct intervention in the Ukraine war — but other Western leaders also appear to be softening in that direction.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz continues to remain more cautious in this regard, but a spokesman in Berlin has said that "defensive action is not limited to one's territory, but also includes the territory of the aggressor." 

Last week, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told The Economist that the West should allow Ukraine to defend itself by striking military bases in Russia. 

"Ukraine has the right to defend itself. And this includes striking targets on Russian territory," Stoltenberg declared.