11 Apr 2022 6:01 p.m
Germany should continue to arm Ukraine – this is what Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) is calling for. The German stock exchange group Rheinmetall offers itself as a tank supplier.
More fuel for the fire? According to Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Ukraine needs military support quickly in order to be able to defend itself against Russian attacks, like ARD reported. The Green politician said on Monday ahead of the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg:
“One thing is clear: Ukraine needs more military material, especially heavy weapons.”
In her opinion, “the terrible pictures and the terrible horror” make it more than clear that Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, needs additional military support in order to be able to defend itself. She further emphasized:
“Now is no time for excuses, now is the time for creativity and pragmatism.”
To do this, replacement equipment and training must be organized together with Ukraine as quickly as possible. In addition, Baerbock signaled her agreement to increase EU military aid to Ukraine to a total of 1.5 billion euros.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell brought this up during his joint trip to Kyiv with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Rheinmetall offers Ukraine tank deliveries
The listed German arms group Rheinmetall – whose stock has almost tripled since the beginning of the war in Ukraine – is according to according to the Handelsblatt not only ready to deliver Marder armored personnel carriers, but also decommissioned main battle tanks to the Ukraine. The first could be at the front in a few weeks.
The main focus is on the Leopard 1 main battle tank, as CEO Armin Papperger told the Handelsblatt. This is the predecessor of the Leopard 2 currently used by the Bundeswehr. Papperger said:
“The first Leopard 1 could be delivered in six weeks”
The approval of the federal government is still missing.
According to Papperger, the defense company could deliver up to 50 Leopard 1 tanks to the Ukrainian armed forces. Ukraine has repeatedly asked Western countries for tanks to use against the Russian army.
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