Germany held back weapons for Ukraine – media

Chancellor Scholz accused of “doing Putin’s bidding”

According to Axel Springer documents, Berlin only has sent two weapons to Ukraine in the last nine weeks. These were smaller items like anti-tank missiles or landmines. The pro-NATO company accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz of doing Russia’s bidding.

The US-based Insider reports that Germany only delivered two weapons to Kiev between March 30th and May 26th, according to the Tuesday report. It cited the original report from the German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag. Axel Springer is the owner of both outlets. The company’s values statement, which all German employees are required to sign, is explicitly pro-NATO.

According to Insider, Germany “reduced its military support” to Ukraine over the past several weeks, even as Kiev ramped up its demands for more and heavier weapons to fight against Russia. This outlet questioned the possibility that this reduction occurred before the May 28 telephone call in which Russian President Vladimir Putin advised Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron about the danger of sending additional weapons to Kiev. “further destabilization.”

Scholz is refusing to send German tank and armored vehicle to Ukraine. Germany has already refused. “supplied hardly any light weapons worth mentioning,”According to Die Welt. The outlet reached out to the German defense ministry for clarification. They said they could not give any details on the matter. “information on specific arms deliveries is security-related and classified.”

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Greek opposition protests Ukraine weapons deal

Scholz made the announcement in Brussels Tuesday afternoon. “ring swap”Athens will receive new German combat vehicles for its infantry fighting units in return for the transfer of some East German BMPs and other equipment to Kiev. The arrangement was protested by the Greek opposition.

Berlin has not yet granted Kiev’s request for Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Insider claimed, citing the government documents in Die Welt’s possession. The Pentagon confirmed that Denmark had agreed, on May 23,

Scholz stated repeatedly to German media outlets, “I support Ukraine” but that NATO and Germany should not be involved in the conflict with Russia. Scholz explained to German media outlets that Berlin was unable to ship any additional weapons due to the depletion of Bundeswehr stockpiles. But he said Germany would fund its weapons industry so it could send used equipment to Kiev. 

A request from the US to Ukraine for Spike antitank missiles was denied by Tel Aviv. The very first shipment of German heavy vehicles – 15 of the retired Gepard anti-aircraft systems – is due to reach Ukraine sometime in July. 



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