Up to Ukraine to decide whether to attack targets in Russia – Blinken

28 April, 03:17 PM
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo:A. McCoy/Pool via REUTERS)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo:A. McCoy/Pool via REUTERS)

Testifying in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Ukraine should decide for itself whether to attack facilities in Russia, emphasizing that this is the official position of Washington.

In his testimony, Blinken stressed that Ukraine had to do everything it could to protect itself – including launching attacks on military targets in Russia.

"It’s up to Ukraine to decide whether to take actions that go beyond its borders,” Blinken said. “My own opinion is that it is vital for them to do everything necessary to protect themselves from Russian aggression. And the choice of tactics in this case is their own decision."

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He said the U.S. position now is that Ukraine should be given what is needed to deal with Russian aggression and to push Russian forces out of the country.

Earlier, UK Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces James Heappey said it was “entirely legitimate" for Ukraine to carry out strikes within Russia to disrupt its supply lines.

Moreover, in a Talk TV interview, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not object to Ukraine using the weapons the UK had provided to it against targets in Russia, as “Ukrainians have the right to protect and defend themselves.”

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