Germany will not unilaterally transfer tanks to Ukraine in 2023 – Scholz

Yana Stavskaya19:50, 12/17/22

Germany is one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine and is already transferring modern weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Scholz said.

Germany's condition on the transfer of tanks to Ukraine will be valid next year / photo president.gov.ua
Germany’s condition on the transfer of tanks to Ukraine will be valid next year / photo president.gov.ua

Germany will not unilaterally transfer Western-style tanks to Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung .

Scholz stressed that the transfer of any weapons to Ukraine is dictated by caution.

“Firstly, we support Ukraine to the best of our ability. Secondly, we prevent a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia. And, thirdly, there will be no unilateral actions on the part of Germany. This is the criterion of our decisive but cautious policy – and it will be valid next year as well. My impression is that the vast majority of Germans think this is the right thing to do,” he said.

Scholz also claims that Germany is one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine and is already transferring modern weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers, MLRS, Gepard anti-aircraft guns and the latest Iris-T air defense systems. 

Military aid from Germany

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, Berlin has been in no hurry to transfer the promised weapons to Ukraine for self-defense. The government of Olaf Scholz  feared the escalation of the war .

This did not prevent Scholz from making statements about the record scale of aid.

The FRN’s slow decisions were once  criticized by the  former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk.

Germany recently handed over to Ukraine  the advanced Iris-T air defense system,  which is already protecting the Ukrainian skies from Russian missiles. Three more units are being prepared for shipment.

Also in September, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received  Mars II MLRS  and Dingo armored personnel carriers. The announcements also included the transfer of four Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts   and ammunition for them.

(C)UNIAN 2022

One comment

  1. Way too many Ukraine allies scared and slow moving on giving what is required to drive the rashists out of Ukraine. Short of an operation to get their heads out of their asses not sure what it would take to get them to quit quivering at the sight of their own shadow and have the moxie to do above and beyond what is needed to rapidly win this war.

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