International law allows Ukraine to strike at Russian territory in self defense – representative of the German government

Steffen Hebestreit, official representative of the German government

According to a report by DW, which cites Steffen Hebestreit, the official representative of the German government, “International law allows Ukraine to strike at Russian territory in self-defense.” Commenting on the drone attack on Moscow, Hebestreit expressed this view. However, he also clarified that official Berlin opposes the use of German weapons for such attacks.

The press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, commented on the statement by the official representative of the German government that international law allows Ukraine to strike at Russian territory in self-defense. “Sooner or later, European states and those who are already deeply involved in this conflict will have to think and will have to answer to their people why they are doing this because they will not be able to avoid negative consequences,” Peskov told journalist Pavel Zarubin.

According to him, these countries are already experiencing negative consequences in economic terms. “We know with you that last week the Federal Republic of Germany entered a recession, inflation consistently exceeds seven percent, which means that every year citizens become seven percent poorer, and every year they earn seven percent less,” Peskov noted. “The citizens will not tolerate this. They do not like to leave their comfort zone,” expects the press secretary of the Russian President.

Drone attack on Moscow

On the morning of May 30, Russians began to massively report explosions in Moscow and the Moscow region as a result of a drone attack. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that several buildings in the Russian capital had suffered ‘minor damage,’ but that residents of several high-rise buildings had been evacuated. Instead, Russian sources published footage of the attack.

One Russian military commander claimed that the UAVs flying over Moscow “resemble Ukrainian attack drones.”

The world’s reaction to the attack

The world’s reaction to the situation was quick. The United Kingdom and the United States commented.

UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that Ukraine has the right to use force outside its borders to weaken Russia’s ability to strike.

Instead, a White House spokesperson said that the United States was still collecting data on drone strikes in Moscow and did not approve of attacks on Russian territory. The United States said Ukraine’s focus should be on the return of its own territories.

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