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It will depend on the situation on the battlefield: the US does not rule out that the permission to strike at the territory of the Russian Federation will be extended

Kirby speaks about the possibility of expanding the authorization for strikes on Russia

The administration of US President Joe Biden has suggested that the authorization for the Ukrainian Defense Forces to use US weapons on Russian territory could be extended. This will depend on the situation on the battlefield.

According to National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby at a briefing on Monday, June 3, it is not expected that a decision will be made in the coming days. When asked to clarify what kind of authorization extensions for the Armed Forces could be in question, Kirby added that he did not want to get ahead of himself "on decisions that have not yet been made."

"As you know, at every step of this war, as the war has changed, as conditions on the battlefield have changed, we have evolved and changed our support for Ukraine. And I would not expect the current general approach to change in the coming weeks or months. We'll see how the situation evolves and what the Ukrainians need," Kirby said.

He added that Washington understands President Zelenskyy's calls for more weapons and more capabilities to use them, and promised that the dialogue would continue.

"We will continue to have these conversations with the Ukrainians. Of course we will. And whether this will lead to additional policy changes, I cannot say now. But we will not turn away from the needs of Ukraine. And we will continue to try to develop our support, depending on the situation on the battlefield," Kirby summarized.

As a reminder, the United States has recently authorized Ukraine to use the weapons it has provided to Russia to a limited extent. The Armed Forces of Ukraine can now intercept missiles and aircraft over Russian territory, strike military targets and conduct counter-battery fire from the other side of the border. Launching long-range missiles at Russia, such as ATACMS, is still prohibited.

At the same time, the Netherlands has officially authorized the Ukrainian Armed Forces to use F-16s to strike at Russian territory. Defense Minister Kaysa Ollongren assured that there are no restrictions on the supply.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the permission to attack military targets beyond the Ukrainian-Russian border is an important and long-awaited step of the partners "in the right direction." However, Ukraine continues to work to expand the area of use of Western weapons in Russia.

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