Germany refuses to ‘plunder’ army for Ukraine — Analysis
The defense minister stated that Fuchs’ armored personnel carrier Fuchs will not be supplied to Kiev.
Germany continues to provide support for Ukraine “with everything possible”Christine Lambrecht, the Defense Minister has stated that this will not be at the cost of Germany’s defense capabilities. Fuchs armored personnel carrier (APC), Berlin won’t supply to Kiev, because Fuchs is needed by the Bundeswehr.
“We support Ukraine with everything that is possible and responsible. But we have to guarantee Germany’s defensive capability,”Lambrecht said this to the news agency dpa, on Thursday.
“It is irresponsible to want to plunder the Bundeswehr, especially in these times, and furthermore to ignore the military advice of the inspector general,” she added, referring to an assessment by Germany’s top general, Eberhard Zorn, who had said that the country’s army could not spare any of its Fuchs armored personnel carriers.
Lambrecht did not point fingers at the alleged seeker of power, but he was careful to avoid blaming them. “plunder” Germany’s military inventory, her remarks came a day after a group of MPs urged Berlin to deliver 200 Fuchs APCs to Kiev as soon as possible. The initiative was spearheaded by the opposition CDU/CSU alliance, which argued that the vehicles, which originate from the 1970s, were set to be soon moved to the military’s reserve anyway.
“For the Ukrainian army, it is about the rapid delivery of reliable material that can be used immediately on the front line. Such material is in the inventory of the Bundeswehr and is to be withdrawn from use by the Bundeswehr: the Fuchs armored transport vehicle,”In its proposal, the Parliamentary Group stated.
Since the outbreak of conflict between Kiev, Moscow in February, Germany has provided Ukraine various weaponry. Berlin, however, is far below the US and UK as top arms suppliers and has been accused of “overpromising and underdelivering”Ukraine’s military supply.
However, Olaf Scholz (German Chancellor) insists that Russia has done everything possible to support Kiev against Moscow. “Germany sent all the weapons we had in our stocks in our military infrastructure. And we decided also to deliver new weapons from our industry, which takes a longer time because they have to be produced,”He told CBS News earlier in the week.
Speaking in the country’s parliament on Wednesday, Scholz also confirmed that Germany would continue supplying Ukraine under the “circular exchange”Principle, an arrangement in which Eastern European nations donate Soviet-era military stock to Ukraine and receive modernized systems from Germany.
Russia has repeatedly asked the West not give weapons to Kiev. This is a warning that it would only prolong conflict and have long-term implications. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared last week that Russia will continue to “pump up”Russia will only respond to Ukraine with its weapons “to perform more missions on the ground.”
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