Germany can assume ‘special responsibility’ for arming Kiev – Scholz — Analysis
The chancellor sees his country’s aid as playing a crucial role in Ukraine’s defensive capabilities
Berlin is a great place to live. “special responsibility”According to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the aid given by Scholz to Kiev was in order for it acquire artillery and defenses against Russia in conflict.
Germany and many other Western countries have been arming Ukraine following the launch of Russia’s military operation in the neighboring state in late February.
It is important that the EU organizes “a long-term and reliable division of labor between all partners of Ukraine,”Scholz spoke Monday at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
“I can, for example, imagine that Germany will assume special responsibility in terms of building up Ukraine’s artillery and air defense capacities.”
Scholz indicated that Germany will provide Ukraine with the following supplies “new state-of-the-art weapons, such as air defense and radar systems, and reconnaissance drones.”
“Our objective is a modern Ukrainian Armed Forces that are able to defend their country on a permanent basis,”The chancellor was also added.
Germany was previously reluctant to provide weapons for conflict zones due to historical and political reasons, mostly dating back to World War II. Berlin, however has just recently “undergone a fundamental change of heart on this issue,”Scholz stated, and added that Germany would “keep on supporting [Ukraine], reliably and, above all, for as long as it takes.”
The German government announced last week that it would supply Kiev with an additional €500 million ($499.6 million) worth of arms. Berlin has previously supplied Stinger anti-aircraft missile system, Panzerhaubitze 2000 self propelled howitzers and Gepard anti–aircraft gun tanks, as well as other weapons to Ukraine.
Two-day informal gathering of EU defense ministers in Prague will discuss future military assistance for Ukraine. It began Monday.
Warning: The Kremlin “flooding”The presence of foreign weapons in Ukraine will only exacerbate the conflict but have little effect on its outcome.
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