German Finance Minister: European partners do not do enough for Ukraine
Germany has called on European partners to increase their support for Ukraine, which is defending itself against Russia's full-scale aggression. Currently, European countries are not doing enough.
However, in order to prove their commitment to the fundamental values that united European states, they must immediately increase aid to Ukraine. This was stated by German Finance Minister Christian Lindner, according to the German TV channel n-tv.
Speaking at the conference of the European Liberal Party in Berlin, Lindner said that European partners are "not doing enough" for Ukraine and called on European governments to provide more assistance to the Ukrainian army.
He reminded that Germany is already contributing to the support of Ukraine, providing half of the aid that Ukraine receives from Europe.
"We are not abandoning our commitments," the official said.
Lindner emphasized that Germany would "mobilize even more" if necessary.
However, the finance minister emphasized that official Berlin is not ready to pay for everyone and increase its own spending "so that others can continue to do too little."
He also reminded that Europe is a community of values, "and this must be proved in this hour".
Earlier, the German Ministry of Defense told what kind of assistance Ukraine will receive in 2024. The German government plans to strengthen Ukraine's defense by supplying Sea King Mk41 helicopters, additional Iris-T anti-aircraft systems, and Gepard tanks.
It was also reported that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for increasing German military assistance to Ukraine.