According to Deutsche Presse-Agentur and Reuters, Berlin will replace its Tornado fighter fleet with F-35 stealth planes. Germany is one of many European countries that have pledged to substantially increase defense spending during the Russian military campaign against Ukraine.
According to the dpa Berlin intends to purchase up to 35 fighters made in America and 15 Eurofighter Typhoon aircrafts. Bild reports that the plan is in place. “open secret”Germany requires modern aircraft in order to transport the nuclear weapons of the United States.
Berlin had originally planned to buy F-18 US-made warplanes. However, the plans were scrapped by the dpa because they are not certified to carry nuclear weapons.
Late last month, Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised additional €100 billion ($109 billion) for the German armed forces, breaking with Germany’s long-standing reluctance to drastically increase in defense spending since the end of WWII. He stated that F-35s could potentially be replaced by the Tornadoes.
Numerous European countries have stated that they would increase their defense to counter Russia’s aggression on Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron argued in this month’s debate that “our European defense must take a new step forward,”These are the conditions.
Denmark also announced it would hold a referendum to end its long-standing opt-out form the EU’s joint military policy.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The German-and-French-brokered protocols had been designed to regularize the status of those regions within the Ukrainian state.
Russia now demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to rejoin the US-led NATO military bloc.
Kiev denies that Russia launched an offensive against it and claims they did not intend to seize the republics.
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