For the past ten weeks, the German government has been ignoring Ukraine's requests for additional arms supplies. This is reported by Die Welt.
According to the publication, since June several times a month at regular intervals high-level meetings have been held at the German Ministry of Defense, in which Minister Christina Lambrecht also participated. The Ukrainian side has always asked to increase the supply of those types of weapons that Germany has already provided.
Specifically, we are talking about the Panzerhaubitze 2000, of which the federal government has delivered ten, and the Mars II multiple-launch missile systems, of which three units have been delivered. In addition, Kyiv asked to coordinate the export of main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers offered by German industry. In April, Ukraine received offers from arms group Rheinmetall for the purchase of 100 Marder infantry fighting vehicles and 88 Leopard 1 main battle tanks, including training and ammunition, for a total of 268 million euros. According to the manufacturer, the equipment will be "quickly available". A corresponding export application was submitted immediately, but the chancellor has not responded in the last four months.
Last week, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov made these requests in a personal telephone conversation with Lambrecht. The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andrii Yermak did the same in a telephone conversation with the chancellor's foreign policy advisor Jens Pletner on August 4. When asked, Scholz's office said it was "generally unable to report" on confidential discussions.
"All our requests have always been recorded. But so far it has not had any effect," Ukrainian government circles said about the meetings with the German Defense Ministry.
During the negotiations, the Ministry of Defense even justified its refusal by the fact that the Bundeswehr itself needs the remaining equipment, since Germany must fulfill its obligations to the Alliance on NATO's eastern flank.
With this argument, Scholz has already rejected the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. According to Ukrainian information, the German government did not respond to the statements of the Ukrainian side that battle tanks and armored personnel carriers are equipment offered by German arms manufacturers.
In response to Die Welt's request, the German Ministry of Defense said that the ministry "is in contact with the Ukrainian side on many levels" with the aim of providing Ukraine with "the best support in the fight against the Russian aggressor", but did not provide any specific details.