German Chancellor Olaf Scholz claims that the German weapons provided to Ukraine played a “decisive” role, and he also spoke about the supply of new weapons.
The politician made this comment in Berlin, where a press conference was held with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.
This is reported by Politico.
“It can be said that the very weapons that Germany has now provided to Ukraine are decisive for the development of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and it also made difference in hostilities,” said Scholz.
The government list says that Ukraine received 10 Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers, 24 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery mounts and various lighter weapons from Germany during the entire war. According to the German Chancellor, soon the Ukrainian army will receive the IRIS-T anti-aircraft missile system – “the most modern equipment that even the Bundeswehr does not use.”
At the same time, Scholz reiterated that Germany would not transfer Leopard tanks or Marder infantry fighting vehicles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, because this needs to be agreed with the allies. He also stated that all other countries do not send Western battle tanks to Ukraine.
“The position of the entire German government – all its members and parties supporting it – remains that there will be no unilateral action by Germany,” Scholz said.
Recall that recently the head of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee and an expert on foreign policy of the Social Democratic Party, Michael Roth, said that thanks to close cooperation with the EU and NATO, Germany will be able to transfer tanks to Ukraine.
“And that is why we must sit down with the EU, NATO, and, above all, with the United States, and clarify: what else can we transfer so that Ukraine there was also an opportunity to liberate the territories captured by *Russia,” he said.
Roth believes that the transfer of tanks is not only support for Ukraine, but also a way to uphold the values of democratic freedom that Putin has encroached on. He added that Putin would return to the negotiating table only if the Ukrainian army defeated the invaders.