Baerbock requests the delivery of “heavy weapons” to Ukraine
Faced with the atrocities committed by the Russian army, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) advocates the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. His party colleague, Robert Habeck, also calls for additional arms deliveries to be made quickly.
Band Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke out in favor of delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine. “Ukraine needs more military equipment – especially heavy weapons,” the Green politician said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.
The gruesome images and terrible horror made it more than clear that Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, needed additional military support to be able to defend itself. “It is no longer the time for excuses, it is the time for creativity and pragmatism,” Baerbock stressed.
The Greens politician did not specify which heavy weapons could be delivered from Germany to Ukraine. She only pointed out that an additional €500 million should be made available for the delivery of arms and other military equipment through the so-called European Peace Facility.
Habeck: quickly deliver more weapons to Ukraine
Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck is also calling for Ukraine to be quickly supported with additional arms deliveries. The Greens politician made it clear in Berlin on Monday that he assumed a major Russian attack in eastern Ukraine was imminent. That is why the weapons had to be delivered quickly.
“What is important now is to support the troops quickly and to support their ability to defend themselves, their ability to defend themselves, which is paid for with many lives and fought with great heroism,” Habeck said. “Germany has made this commitment and Germany must and will do so.” This is to help Ukraine in an “extremely dangerous situation”.
Habeck went on to say that the feds agreed not to talk about specific types of weapons or delivery routes for good reason.
The peace facility Baerbock is talking about is a new EU funding instrument that can also be used to build the capacity of armed forces in partner countries. For the period 2021-2027, the Peace Facility is endowed with approximately five billion euros, which will be contributed by the Member States. One billion euros has already been released for Ukraine alone in a very short time. According to a proposal from EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrel, another 500 million euros should follow shortly.
The EU meeting in Luxembourg is also about an oil embargo against Russia, which the governments of kyiv, Poland and the Baltic states have been calling for for some time. It was only on Friday that EU states sealed a ban on Russian coal imports and other sanctions.