Scholz rejects criticism for slow arms deliveries to Ukraine

Olaf Scholz

Reports that Germany does not provide Ukraine with the necessary military assistance and does not supply weapons do not correspond to reality. This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an interview with the newspaper Münchner Merkur.

“A lot of what they say in this country is simply not true. And some underestimate the complexity of the issue,»— Scholz answered the correspondent's question about how he relates to the term “Scholzen” when “someone promises something, but does not fulfill it.”

He explained that before sending Kyiv modern weapons systems, such as howitzers or anti-aircraft systems, it is necessary first of all to teach the Ukrainian military how to use them. Scholz added that weapons cannot be bought like cars at dealerships.

On June 16, Scholz, together with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. At it, representatives of the EU countries promised Ukraine further military assistance and support Kyiv's candidacy for the EU.

At the end of May, the German newspaper Welt wrote that Germany had reduced arms supplies to Ukraine to a minimum. According to the publication, since the end of March, Berlin has not delivered to Kyiv “at least some significant weapons.” Between March 30 and May 26, only two batches of weapons were sent to Ukraine, and both contained small devices. One, sent in mid-May, contained anti-tank mines, the other, which went to Ukraine a month earlier,— parts of machine guns, detonators, radios, hand grenades, explosives and mines.

In response to the publication, the German Defense Ministry refused to comment on the supply of arms to Ukraine, citing secrecy.

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