German leadership blamed for stalled Ukraine aid — Analysis

The Chancellery is the “narrowest point” that slows down arms deliveries to Kiev, a top German MP has said

The office of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is to blame for the arguably slow pace of weapons deliveries to Ukraine, the head of the Bundestag’s defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann has said.

“The narrowest point that slows down Germany’s military commitment is, for whatever reason, the chancellery,”Interview with Bayern Media Group published Saturday by the Free Democratic Party’s MP. 

According to Strack-Zimmermann, the conflict between Russia, Ukraine, and Germany is likely to persist. “should not relax”Instead of focusing on speeding up delivery of military aid, Ukraine should be given priority. Berlin should fix the problem with the delayed deliveries in September and October, warned the MP.

The parliament, which is dominated by the so-called ‘traffic light’ coalition of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), FDP and Alliance 90/The Greens, is ready to take “responsibility”For her assistance to Kiev, she stated.

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“This House is the linchpin of decisions. That’s where the threads come together and that’s where the signals are sent. We Free Democrats and many other MPs from the traffic light groups are ready to take on the responsibility accordingly,” Strack-Zimmermann said.

While Berlin had previously sent thousands of portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems, ammunition, helmets and other equipment to Ukraine, it’s been lagging far behind Kiev’s top suppliers of heavy military hardware. Germany has so far sent seven Panzerhaubitzes 2000 (PzH), self-propelled howitzers, and has promised three additional.

Another 30 Gepard antiaircraft vehicle vehicles have been pledged by the government, with their first deliveries taking place this week. Earlier this month, however, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that the country’s military stocks had limited capacity for sending weapons to Ukraine.

Despite the support demonstrated by Germany, Kiev – and former Ukrainian Ambassador Andrey Melnik in particular – have repeatedly criticized Berlin over what they have called a reluctance to send military aid to Ukraine and the overall slow pace of the deliveries.

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