Germany has found a new way to supply weapons to Ukraine
Berlin is under pressure to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine, but they have refused to do so for now.Source: DW
There is a special discussion about Marder tanks.
However, Germany has found another scheme - it donates weapons to countries that arm Ukraine.
According to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, all tanks and armored vehicles and all artillery weapons of 100 mm caliber and more are considered heavy weapons. Fighter planes and attack helicopters are also classified as heavy weapons.
Germany is following the example of its allies
Chancellor Olaf Scholz's mantra from the outbreak of the war is to do everything in close coordination with NATO and EU partners. At a press conference last Tuesday, he pointed out that countries like Canada, Britain and the United States supply the same weapons as Germany.
But the United States announced a new 740m-euro military aid package to Ukraine on Thursday, including heavy artillery. Thus, U.S. military aid exceeds three billion dollars since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
In contrast, according to the German Ministry of Economy, Germany has given about 186 million euros for Ukraine's military defense since the beginning of April. It was mainly used to buy anti-aircraft missiles, machine guns, ammunition and protective equipment - but not heavy weapons.
Double message from Scholz
Professor Carlo Masala, a defense and security expert at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, said that Scholz was sending a message to Russia on the one hand. On the other hand, it is also a signal to the German population and Olaf Scholz's party, the Social Democrats, who are intensively discussing this topic:
"Scholz needs all those who do not want the delivery of heavy weapons because they think it will escalate the conflict and make Germany a Russian target," says Masala. The concern is justified, but it is difficult to accept when it is heard that several Western countries have delivered heavy weapons, Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko tweeted.
The Czech Republic also reportedly agreed to deliver several dozen Soviet T-72 tanks and BMP-1 armored vehicles. The United States announced last week that it would soon send 11 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers and 90 155-mm Polish howitzers with 40.000 artillery shells, all of which are considered heavy weapons. France announced on Friday that it would make the Caesar howitzer (155 mm caliber) available. The Netherlands also wants to deliver self-propelled howitzers.