Ukraine ‘also fights for us’: Habeck: SPD would prefer to stop arms supplies

Ukraine “also fights for us”
Habeck: SPD would like to stop arms deliveries

The question of the volume and type of arms deliveries to Ukraine has divided the traffic light. While the FDP and the Greens support the shipment of heavy military equipment, the SPD hesitates. The environmental vice-chancellor Habeck now accuses the chancellor party of wanting to refuse completely.

Federal Economics Minister and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck is pushing for an increase in arms supplies to Ukraine. “More guns have to come,” the green politician told newspapers from the Funke media group. “We cannot leave Ukraine alone in the war. They are also fighting for us. Ukraine must not lose, Putin must not win.” Germany has a duty to support with arms the Ukrainian people who are fighting back with courage and sacrifice.

“At the same time, we have a responsibility not to become a target ourselves. This is the framework within which we deliver everything possible.” Until now, this framework did not include large tanks and combat aircraft. “Of course, brutalizing war also means increasing the quantity and quality of arms deliveries.” This must be discussed with European partners and NATO partners. No one can seriously assess whether Putin will stick to this framework.

“Therefore, we can only act to the best of our knowledge and belief – in accordance with reality. This is our responsibility.” According to the report, the Chancellor Party SPD would prefer no more arms deliveries at all. When asked if his ministry would approve the export of Leopard 1 battle tanks from the Rheinmetall armament group to Ukraine, Habeck said that these tanks are currently not ready for use. Their treatment takes months. For short-term support, you have to fall back on stocks from other armies. “This can only be discussed within the EU and NATO alliance.”

Hofreiter: “The problem lies with the Chancellery”

The Greens had previously distanced themselves from criticism by their Bundestag deputy, Anton Hofreiter, of Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The chairman of the Europe commission had accused the SPD politician Scholz of lacking leadership in the Ukrainian crisis. This was “not the Bündnis90/Die Grünen line”, party leader Omid Nouripour said in Berlin. The coalition is very united to meet the immense current challenges.

Habeck also dismissed Hofreiter’s criticisms of the Chancellery. On the sidelines of an election campaign event in Kiel, Habeck said he expressly disagreed with Hofreiter. “A government works together. In times like these, it is extremely important that Germany does not allow itself to be divided.” In this regard, he finds Hofreiter’s statement to be erroneous.

Hofreiter previously called on Scholz to intervene in the Ukraine crisis. “The problem is in the Chancellery,” he said on Wednesday evening’s “RTL Direkt” programme. “Now we must finally start supplying Ukraine with what it needs, and that includes heavy weapons.” Germany must also stop blocking the embargo on energy, especially on oil and coal. Hofreiter called for more leadership from Scholz in several interviews. Hofreiter recently visited Ukraine with two other politicians from the Traffic Light Coalition and spoke with Ukrainian MPs in Lviv.

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