He told reporters about this, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
The diplomat stressed that he considers it “meaningless” to limit the provision of shells with a range of 300 km to Ukraine, while transferring shells with a range of only 80 km.
Why should there be this distinction? Because the frequently used argument is, “Oh, you know, we think Ukraine shouldn’t hit Russian territory.” Firstly, it makes no sense, because Russia is attacking Ukraine from Russian territory, and in order to protect yourself, you need to be able to fight against those who fight against you. This is not about the seizure of any territories in Russia, but about self-defense. So this argument is nonsense,” Volker said.
In addition, according to him, in many places, especially in the Kharkov region, Russian territory is closer than 80 km.
“More importantly, there is a territory of Ukraine more than 80 km away from Ukrainian forces that Russia has occupied and is fighting for, for example, in Crimea and Donbas. So why don’t we provide Ukraine with weapons systems that would allow it to fight on its own territory? This is generally an illogical condition. This is an example of conditionality, which, in my opinion, should be revised,” the American diplomat emphasized.
How reported, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that Ukraine undertook an obligation not to use high-precision weapons provided by partners to destroy military facilities on the territory of the Russian Federation. Negotiations for a longer range of ammunition for these weapons are ongoing.