German Ministry of Defence Rejects Vows to Send Ukraine More Weapons

Monday, 22 August 2022

An official representative of the German Ministry of Defence said on Monday that the department has rejected a proposal from the Bundestag MPs from the ruling coalition to send Ukraine more weapons and, if necessary, to agree to the weakening of the Bundeswehr.

"Indeed, we must be ready for Putin could exploit any weakness and even temporary gap in NATO's defence readiness," DW quotes the representative of the German Ministry of Defence.

He reminded that Germany should provide its Alliance partners with "aid within the limits of obligations," as provided for in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

"During the Cold War, we would probably have had little understanding if our allies had made cutbacks in collective defence under Article 5 of the NATO treaty elsewhere because of acute theaters of war - and there were, after all, in the world," added the representative of the German military department.

The day before, Defence politicians from the Greens, SPD, and FDP had demanded additional arms deliveries to Ukraine from the federal government, even if this could temporarily weaken the Bundeswehr.

Earlier, the German mass media reported that for the past ten weeks, the German government has been ignoring Ukraine's requests for additional arms supplies.

In late July, it became known that Germany began supplying Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled artillery units (SPAAG) to Ukraine.

The German government previously published a list of weapons being prepared for handing over to Ukraine - it includes, in particular, 30 Gepard SPAAG, IRIS-T SLM air defense systems, and M113 armored personnel carriers.

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