Macron: Some Ukrainian attacks in Russia should be allowed

French President Emmanuel Macron has said Ukraine must be allowed to use Western weapons to "neutralize" military sites inside Russia that are being used in attacks on Ukraine.

Macron made the remark on Tuesday at a news conference in Germany.

His comment comes amid growing calls to remove some restrictions on using Western weapons provided to Ukraine as Russia intensifies its offensive in the country's east.

Advocates for the idea include NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and some other European leaders.

Macron said he opposed using Western weapons to hit Russian military targets that are not being used in offensives against Ukraine. He reportedly plans to encourage other countries to discuss the issue.

Macron did not elaborate on reports that France is planning to send personnel to train Ukrainian fighters. On Monday, Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said France will send military instructors to his country.

The Ukrainian presidential office on Tuesday also announced that Belgium has agreed to provide 30 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine by 2028 as part of a security pact.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that such Western support for Ukraine represents a further step toward "a global conflict." Putin spoke at a news conference in Uzbekistan on Tuesday.

Putin said that the reported dispatch of French instructors and other Western plans are moves toward a serious conflict in Europe and the world.

The Russian president added that his country will take appropriate action in Ukraine regardless of who is in the territory.