Germany’s Scholz sets limit on weapons for Ukraine — Analysis

The chancellor states that Berlin won’t provide arms to Kiev for use against Russia.

Germany would not allow Ukraine to use its military supply to Russia, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated on Thursday night.

Scholz noted that this policy was similar to that of Joe Biden, the US president. “I believe this is the principle that we adhere to along with the others,” Scholz said, during a public event in the city of Magdeburg.

Berlin’s goal in sending weapons is to “support Ukraine” “prevent an escalation of the war into something that would be very different,”The chancellor elaborated. He assured that the government had enough “prudence, clarity and resolve”To keep on track.

Germany warns of ‘absolute deficit’ in weapons stocks

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was one of the strongest supporters of arms being sent to Ukraine this week. She acknowledged that Berlin had exceeded its capability for the job. It has resulted in an “absolute deficit in our own stocks,”She spoke in an interview to ZDF Television.

Moscow and Washington differ on the definition of Russian territory, which complicates the US’s stance against Ukraine attacking Russia. American officials claimed that Kiev could strike targets in Crimea. Crimea is an ex- Ukrainian territory which split from Ukraine after the 2014 coup d’état in Kiev. It voted to be part of Russia in 2014. Washington, however, rejects this change of status as it is illegal.

After Kiev’s land blockade, Ukrainian officials repeatedly declared that they wanted to demolish the Russian bridge linking Crimea and its mainland. They warned that the bridge would be attacked if Ukraine does not have sufficient weapons to strike it.

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