Germany’s defense minister reportedly opposes arms supplies to Ukraine
Kyiv had allegedly asked from Berlin a number of old corvettes and anti-ship missile warheads.
Against the background of the recent escalation with Russia, Ukraine has reportedly turned to Germany for weaponry to strengthen coastal defenses.
That’s according to DW referring to a report by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).
The journalists saw the list of requests reportedly sent by the Ukrainian side.
In particular, Kyiv asked for warheads for SeaSpear anti-ship missiles, GDM-008 Millennium anti-aircraft guns, as well as SeaCat and SeaFox unmanned underwater systems to detect and neutralize sea mines.
Earlier, Ukraine unsuccessfully asked Germany to hand over a number of decommissioned corvettes.
Such priorities, the newspaper suggests, are due to the Black Sea coast seen in Ukraine as one of the targets of a possible invasion by Russian.
However, the requests were never granted, the report claims.
According to FAS sources, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (Social Democrat) assessed the idea of arms supplies to Ukraine negatively.
At the same time, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is part of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is ready to go for such a step.
The idea of arming Ukraine was also supported by Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee, CDU member Norbert Röttgen.
In an interview with the newspaper, he said it would be wrong to rule out supplies of defensive weapons amid Russia’s “war threats.”