Tanks for Ukraine?: Baerbock: Weapons deliveries help to save lives


Tanks for Ukraine?
Baerbock: Weapons deliveries help to save lives

A Leopard 2 main battle tank drives through the terrain during a Bundeswehr exercise (archive photo).  Annalena Baerbock affirms the question,

A Leopard 2 main battle tank drives through the terrain during a Bundeswehr exercise (archive photo). When asked if she could understand Ukraine's desire for German Leopard 2 tanks, Annalena Baerbock said yes. photo

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Germany should not go it alone when it comes to the delivery of battle tanks to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Baerbock emphasizes the importance of weapons for the attacked country.

In the debate about the supply of main battle tanks to the Ukraine Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock calls for quick decisions. Regarding Ukraine's desire for such tanks, the Greens politician told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" that a decision could only be made together, "in a coalition and internationally".

baerbock added: "In the crucial phase that Ukraine is currently in, I don't think this is a decision that should be delayed for long." The minister continued: "Our arms deliveries are clearly helping to save human lives." So "a foreign policy guided by human rights must constantly ask itself how we can help to liberate even more villages and thus save lives through further deliveries". When asked if she could understand Ukraine's desire for German Leopard 2 tanks, Baerbock said yes.

The Foreign Minister said that German arms aid must first of all be based on how more of the equipment that is already "helping so efficiently", i.e. air defence, artillery and rocket launchers, can be supplied. Secondly, repair and ammunition supply would have to be strengthened. Baerbock said she wanted to discuss with the arms industry whether her own production lines could be created for missing ammunition, such as for the Gepard anti-aircraft tanks.

scholz affirmed: No going it alone

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) once again ruled out German going it alone. "Germany is one of the countries that support Ukraine the most: financially, humanitarianly, but also something weapons shipments affected," said Scholz in Berlin at a press conference with Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. The heavy weapons that have already been made available are "crucial for the development of the conflict in eastern Ukraine" and have meant that Ukraine "very visibly has its own country is able to defend." Scholz said: "We will continue to act along this line."

The US embassy in Berlin had encouraged Germany and other allies to provide "as much support as possible" with military aid to Ukraine. "We appreciate Germany's military support for Ukraine and will continue to coordinate closely with Berlin. The policy of the United States has not changed," the representation wrote on Twitter, also referring to statements by Ambassador Amy Gutmann. It remained unclear whether and which agreements were made for the publicly discussed delivery of western main battle tank are valid. The embassy wrote in support of Ukraine: "Ultimately, the decision on the type of aid lies with each country itself."

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