Germany Rejects Arms Request, Ukraine Disappointed


Germany has rejected calls to provide Ukraine with weapons amid its tensions with Russia. Photo/Illustration

BERLIN German has rejected calls to give Kiev weapons in a week in which English and United States of America (US) reaffirms their commitment to help the military Ukraine amid rising tensions over troop buildup Russia on the border.

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Friday that there was consensus in the government that arms deliveries to Ukraine were not currently helping.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, this week said that his country needed ships to defend the Black Sea and Sea of ​​Azov coasts from Russian invasion. He told the German news agency DPA that the German ship was one of the best in the world.

While Lambrecht said Berlin “sided with Kiev,” he said his country would not provide military support for Ukraine and stressed other assistance it would provide, such as a $6 million field hospital.

“We must do everything to defuse the situation,” he said, pointing out that Germany had also sent respirators to Ukraine and injured Ukrainian soldiers were being treated in German hospitals. Newsweek, Sunday (23/1/2022).

The refusal angered Kiev and summoned German ambassador Anka Feldguzen to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it was taking exception to comments by the Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy, Kai-Achim Schonbach, that Crimea, captured by Russia in 2014, will never return to Ukraine, nor will the country ever meet the criteria. NATO membership.

“There is also deep disappointment with the position of the German government not to provide defense weapons to Ukraine,” Kiev said, according to a translation.

“Today, more than ever, the decisiveness and solidarity of Ukraine and its partners is important to curb Russia’s destructive intentions,” the statement continued.