Germany is to give billions of Euros of new military aid to Ukraine in the coming years to bolster Kiev's fight back against Russia.
The German parliament’s budget committee on Wednesday approved spending about eight billion Euros ($8.7 billion) to buy weapons and equipment for Ukraine between 2024 and 2032.
The news represents a "very important step with which we make it clear that we are supporting Ukraine in the long term in its fight against (Russian President Vladimir) Putin," said German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius.
Berlin will supply Ukraine with armored vehicles, tanks, and ammunition. Germany is the main supplier of weapons to Kiev in the EU.
Since Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine in late February 24, Western countries have been flooding Ukraine with weapons and ammunition at a rate unprecedented since World War II.
The Kremlin has been repeatedly warning the West against fanning the flames of war by continuing the supply of arms to Kiev.
The flooding of Ukraine with weapons “will only drag the conflict out and make it more painful for the Ukrainian side, but it will not change our goals and the end result,” the Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said last year.
Peskov insisted that the US was in reality engaged in the Ukraine conflict. “The US de facto has become deeply involved.” In January, the Russian embassy in Berlin condemned the German government’s move to send armored vehicles and a Patriot missile system to Ukraine to fight Russian troops.
In a statement, the embassy said: “We strongly condemn this decision and see it as another step toward escalating the conflict in Ukraine. Its adoption looks especially cynical on the eve of the Orthodox Christmas holiday, which is highly revered in the Christian world, and also against the backdrop of ceasefire unilaterally announced by the Russian President in this regard.”
German author and politician Christoph Horstel said in February Russia has the legal right to invade Germany in self-defense, but Moscow won't because it is not aggressive.
“It’s very clear we’re made to lose here,” Hörstel, who is based in Berlin, Germany, said on Tuesday while speaking on Press TV’s “SPOTLIGHT” program.
“I said in the past that Germany is a guaranteed loser in the next war against Russia,” he added.
“And be careful about this. We signed the Two Plus Four Treaty. We had the NATO-Russia act. And we violated both of them very thoroughly. Russia would have the legal right to invade Germany on a very short red telephone notice to Washington, Paris and London, saying, ‘Look, guys, we’re coming, that’s self-defense. That’s allowed,’” he stated.
On September 12, 1990, the foreign ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, France, Russia, the UK and the US signed the Two Plus Four Treaty that sealed the foreign policy aspects of reunification.
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