"Support from Europe alone will be insufficient for Ukraine," says Scholz
Europe should increase its support for Ukraine and simultaneously convince American politicians to unblock theirs, as European aid to Ukraine alone will not be enough. Putin should not count on the fact that the support of Ukraine by its partners will ever end.
This was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a speech in the Bundestag. The politician assured that Germany will make a significant contribution this year, but more countries should actively join.
"It is very important for me that we receive wider European support. It should not depend solely on Germany... Even if we do our best, it is not enough for Ukraine, and we want more countries to join, in particular, with the supply of weapons," the Prime Minister emphasized.
He noted that this issue will be discussed in the EU these days, but the process will not end there. In any case, Scholz assured, Germany will do everything to ensure that the joint contribution of the whole of Europe is so significant that Ukraine can rely on it, and Putin cannot expect that the support of Ukraine by its partners will ever end.
"He should not think so," the politician said. Scholz added that the Russian president is obviously looking forward to the US elections. The situation is not easy given the delay in the decision to allocate more than $60 billion in US aid to Ukraine, the chancellor admitted, but expressed optimism that President Joe Biden will still be able to provide assistance to Ukraine this year.
"And we will all do our part to help convince (our colleagues in the United States) that it is a common task for us, as friends of freedom and democracy, not to leave Ukraine alone," Scholz said.
He noted that if the aid had not been unblocked, Germany would have become the largest arms supplier to Ukraine in the world.
"We must do everything to prevent this from happening. We would be presumptuous if we thought we could do it alone. This is not the case. We need unity and solidarity," Scholz emphasized.
The politician reminded that Germany is already Ukraine's second partner after the United States in terms of military assistance, and the funds provided in the budget for 2024 are more than half of what will be allocated to Ukraine this year by other EU countries. He emphasized the need to support Ukraine in its struggle for freedom and that this support should not stop.
"This is our duty for freedom and security in Europe," the Chancellor emphasized.
The head of the German government also mentioned another issue that is currently on the EU's agenda - the issue of European financial assistance, namely "the allocation of 12 billion euros to Ukraine per year for the coming years."
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Germany announced the allocation of another military aid package for Ukraine. It includes, among other things, six Sea King Mk41 multi-purpose helicopters, more than two dozen armored personnel carriers, missiles for air defense systems and more than a thousand artillery rounds.
It also became known that the German Armed Forces are preparing for an armed conflict against Russia. An escalation between NATO and Russia may occur as early as February this year.
It is noted that the terrorist state will once again use the territory of Belarus for a massive deployment of troops on the border with Poland and Lithuania.