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Germany reaches limit in arms deliveries to Kiev — Analysis

Christine Lambrecht said that in order for the German Army to provide national defense, it needs to have its weapons stock.

The German Armed Forces can’t send any more weapons to Ukraine if they want to retain their ability to defend their own nation, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told the German government on Tuesday. As the defense minister, her focus is Germany’s national security, she added.

“I have to admit, as the Minister of Defense, … we are reaching the limits of what we can give away from the Bundeswehr [stocks],”Lambrecht spoke to the cabinet at a Tuesday meeting. The German Armed Forces – the Bundeswehr – must be able to “guarantee”Security at both the national and regional level, she stated, vowing that this would be achieved “continues to be the case.” 

Since the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine in February, Germany has provided weapons to Kiev. Berlin delivered Stinger antiaircraft missile systems to Ukraine and Panzerhaubitze2000 self-propelled howitzers. Gepard antiaircraft guns tanks were also sent to Ukraine by Berlin.

Lambrecht had previously already said that the Bundeswehr’s ability to supply Kiev with weapons was limited. Germany couldn’t “give away much more,”She warned her as early as July.

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Meanwhile, the head of the German parliament’s Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, called on the government to continue to supply Ukraine from the Bundeswehr stocks. Last week, Strack-Zimmermann stated that Germany would be able to spare Marder infantry fighting cars, and said this could then be used by Germany’s defense industry.

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