Scholz defends arms deliveries

The German chancellor said in his government statement in the Bundestag that the arms deliveries were to “repel the attack and end the violence”.

Scholz verteidigt Waffenlieferungen
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Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) defended the controversial arms deliveries to Ukraine in his government statement to the Bundestag on Thursday. “Helping a country under brutal attack to defend itself is not escalation. It is a contribution to repelling the attack and thus ending the violence as quickly as possible.”

Scholz pledged further support to Ukraine in the form of military equipment and with rebuilding the country after the war. In a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said that Ukraine would not allow the conditions for ending the war to be dictated to it: “There will be no dictatorial peace.”

The German government has meanwhile approved the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Critics claim that this could contribute to an escalation of the war. Scholz refuted any such ideas, stressing that the German government was backing Ukraine “in a carefully considered, balanced and internationally closely coordinated manner.” Considerable numbers of light weapons such as anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles have already been sent to Ukraine.