German Defense Minister resigns over criticism of her management of the Ukraine war

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The German Defense Minister resigns due to criticism of her management of the war in Ukraine

The German Defense Minister, Christine Lambrech, announced Monday that she has submitted her resignation to the Federal Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, after several days of speculation in the German media about the possibility of him leaving the government in the middle of the war in Ukraine.

“Today I asked the federal chancellor to leave The focus on me in the media makes it difficult to provide professional information and discussion about soldiers, the federal army and policy issues. security”, the minister indicated in a statement.

The 57-year-old minister and member of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) , like Scholz, had been targeted for months He also received criticism from his own party and from others and in the media, especially in relation to decisions related to the war in Ukraine .

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Recently, Lambrecht had caused outrage over a video message recorded on a Berlin street on New Year's Eve amid a deafening noise of firecrackers and fireworks and in which he took stock of 2022 with reference to the war in Ukraine.

After the invasion of Ukraine it was controversial also for its announcement of the provision to send helmetsThe US government was sent to that country as a support measure in its defense against Russian aggression, which was considered to be necessary. little less than a mockery compared to the commitments of other countries to send military material.

Lately, the minister starred in the film. Kiev was part of the public debate on sending tanks to Ukraine, as kyiv insistently calls for, and last week declared the tanks to be sent to Ukraine. He noted that Germany's supply of Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine is currently not being discussed, although he noted in general terms that it was not a matter of course. that the correct approach consists in “not excluding anything”.

Regarding his possible successor in office, German media cite, among others, Eva Högl, manager at the Parliament for questions on the federal Army, Hubertus Heil, Chancellery Minister, Lars Klingbeil, co-chairman of the SPD, and State Secretary for Defence, Siemtje Möller.