Scholz promises Ukraine more military support but leaves Leopard tank shipment up in the air
Germany reiterated this Wednesday its commitment to provide Ukraine It will receive more military support for as long as necessary, but it has left in the air the possibility of sending Leopard 2 tanks, as the kyiv government and some of the countries have publicly demanded. You are allies like the UK or Poland. “We will continue to support Ukraine with large arms shipments, in coordination with our partners,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during his speech. ;n before the Davos World Economic Forum. Among these shipments, he stressed, are “defensive systems such as the IRIS-T or the Patriots.”
Berlin is under strong pressure to supply kyiv Leopard type tanks, after having already supplied armored vehicles of the Gepard type and committed to sending the Marder , while Monday began the day. He moved three Patriot system batteries to neighboring Poland. Explicitly questioned by the Leopards, Scholz stressed in Davos that his country is one of those that “do the most”, recalled that Germany's contribution to aid to Ukraine already reaches 12,000 million euros and has insisted that its commitment to the defense of the Slavic country against Russian aggression will remain as long as possible. “as long as necessary”.
The German Chancellor has also emphasized the importance of It was on “shock” that the Russian war is coming. It is having on the rest of the world and has warned of the danger of “a new fragmentation, deglobalization and decoupling”. Internally, he highlighted Germany's progress “in a few months” towards the goal of total energy independence from Russian gas, oil and coal.
A few hours later, in the same forum but by videoconference, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has demanded more speed from the political leaders in decisions on the transfer of arms to their country. “The world must be quicker in supplying us with air defense missiles and tanks,” she said, before noting that Russia is taking advantage of this slowness. kyiv believes that the tanks it demands from the West can provide its troops with more mobility and protection against Russian lines in the east and south of the country.
For its part , the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has indicated in an interview with the Reuters agency on the margins of the Davos Forum that the Slavic country needs a “significant increase” He announced that this support was the only way to achieve a negotiated solution at a crucial moment in the Russian invasion.
NATO meeting in Ramstein
Scholz's statements take place two days before the meeting of NATO defense ministers next Friday at the US base of Ramstein, on German territory, which will be ; The focus was on military support for Ukraine.
The German leader addressed the issue. I raised that issue last night in a conversation with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, while this Thursday the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, is expected to visit Berlin.
The Ramstein meeting will be attended by the United States. On the German side, its new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, will be sworn in as the new defense minister. the charge of him this Thursday and will relieve his responsibility. to Christine Lambrecht, who resigned from office. The administration was strongly questioned on Monday and especially regarding support for Ukraine.
Defense is a key ministry for Scholz, who a few days after the start of the invasion of Ukraine , on February 24, 2022, announced the He presented before the Bundestag an investment package of 100,000 million euros to bring the Army up to date, after decades of cuts in its budgets.
At the same time, he announced the the start of arms supplies to Ukraine, which broke the line maintained by successive German federal governments of not sending weapons to regions in conflict.