For the time being, Berlin is ruling out weaponry delivery to Ukraine in the conflict with Russia, according to German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht in an interview published on Saturday, only days after Britain began supplying Kyiv with anti-tank weapons.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators also pledged Ukraine armaments, which might include missiles, small guns, and boats, to assist the country defend itself against a future invasion in the midst of a Russian military buildup on its borders.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, on the other hand, has emphasized Berlin’s stance of not transferring deadly weapons to war zones.
“I understand the desire to help Ukraine, and that is precisely what we are doing,” Lambrecht told the weekly Welt am Sonntag.
“Ukraine will receive a complete field hospital together with the necessary training in February, all co-financed by Germany for 5.3 million euros ($6.01 million),” she said, noting that Germany has been treating severely injured Ukrainian troops in its military hospitals for years.
But Berlin is not ready to supply Kyiv with weapons for the time being, the minister said.
“We have to do everything to de-escalate. Currently, arms deliveries would not be helpful in this respect, there is agreement on this in the German government,” Lambrecht said.
With her remarks, she sided with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock who said Germany would not criticize other countries for being ready to supply weapons to Ukraine.
“But I don’t think it is realistic that such deliveries could tip the military balance,” Baerbock told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
“The most powerful weapon…is for NATO allies, EU member states and the G7 to make it clear (to Russia) that every fresh aggression will be answered with massive consequences.”