NATO Parliament Calls for Lifting Restrictions on Ukraine’s Use of Western Weapons

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.27 - 2024 8:00 PM CET

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NATO Parliament pushes for unrestricted military aid to empower Ukraine against Russia.

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The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) has issued a strong call to its member nations: accelerate the delivery of essential weapons to Ukraine and remove restrictions preventing their use against military targets inside Russia.

According to Ukrinform, this declaration came during a session in Sofia, Bulgaria, marking a significant push for more assertive support for Ukraine.

Assembly's Bold Stand

The declaration, approved by a large majority of the over 200 lawmakers from the 32-nation Alliance, underscores a sense of urgency and commitment to Ukraine's defense.

Attendees included notable figures such as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Bulgaria's Prime Minister Dimitar Glavchev, highlighting the declaration's high-level backing.

“Ukraine must be provided with all that it needs, as quickly as possible and for as long as it takes for it to win,” reads the declaration, capturing the assembly's unified stance.

Beyond Incremental Steps

The NATO PA’s declaration criticizes current military assistance as insufficient, urging a shift from incremental aid to a comprehensive strategy.

The call is clear: provide Ukraine with the necessary resources to win the war against Russian aggression.

Michal Szczerba, President of the NATO PA, stressed the immediate need for air defense systems and other crucial weapons. "They need our help.

Not in two years. Not in two months. Not even in two weeks. They need it now. We must speed up and step up. Give Ukraine everything it needs," Szczerba emphasized, highlighting the urgency of the situation.

Strategic Shifts

A significant aspect of the declaration is the recommendation to lift restrictions on the use of NATO-supplied weapons. This move would allow Ukraine to target Russian supply lines and bases, which is seen as essential for Ukraine's ability to defend itself effectively.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has previously echoed this sentiment, urging Allies to reconsider the limitations on Ukraine's use of provided weapons.

This call for lifting restrictions reflects a growing recognition that Ukraine needs greater offensive capabilities to counter Russian forces.

The plenary meeting in Sofia was a powerful demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine. The NATO PA's declaration is not just a call to action but a clear message of commitment to Ukraine's right to self-defense.

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