Federal government promises arms aid to Ukraine

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13 Feb 2022 14:02

While the German government continues to deny the delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine, the German press agency has now learned from government sources that the delivery of “non-lethal” military equipment from the “wish list” of Ukraine is being prepared.

Before Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits Kiev, the German government promises further arms aid to Ukraine, but wants to stay below the lethal weapons threshold. On Ukraine’s military equipment wish list there is “one or the other…that you can take a closer look at”, according to German government circles on Sunday. This will now be checked. In addition to the political decision, it is also about the actual availability of this material, which is also used by the Bundeswehr itself. No confirmation is expected during the Chancellor’s inaugural visit to Kyiv on Monday.

The situation is different with additional economic aid, also requested by Ukraine. In government circles, there have been indications that there could be concrete commitments at this stage on Monday. However, the details have not yet been given. Since 2014, Germany has already made almost two billion euros available to Ukraine.

The federal government has clearly rejected the delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine. But the no does not apply to other armaments. To a lesser extent, Germany had also approved arms deliveries to Ukraine since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014. More recently, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht pledged 5,000 protective helmets.

A February 3 wish list from the Ukrainian embassy includes a number of armaments that are not classified as lethal weapons but can be used for military purposes, both offensive and defensive. These include electronic tracking systems, demining equipment, protective suits, digital radios, radar stations and night vision devices.

Olaf Scholz had recently expressly refused arms deliveries to Ukraine during his first visit to the United States.

more on the subject – Would NATO’s arms supplies be sufficient to defend Ukraine in the event of war?

(rt/dpa)

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