German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas responded to President Volodymyr Zelensky's request for arms supplies to Ukraine. According to the German Foreign Minister, arms supplies will not help resolve the conflict in Donbas. He sasid this to reporters before meeting with colleagues from NATO member states, as RIA News reported.
"Since 2014, we have strengthened Ukraine in the civil sector by almost 2 billion euros. At the same time, I am convinced that the conflict in Donbas can only be resolved politically. And it should be clear to all the participants, it remains our guideline. Nothing will change in this regard. The supply of weapons will not help here," the minister said.
He noted that people in eastern Ukraine wanted peace to ensure security for their lives. However, this will not happen if more weapons are delivered to Donbas.
Earlier, Ukraine’s president Zelensky in interview to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reproached Germany for refusal to provide weapons to Ukraine.
Earlier last week, co-chair of the Green party Robert Habeck said during a visit to Kyiv that it was difficult to deny Ukraine in right to receive defense weapons. At the same time, Habeck noted that this did not contradict the pacifist position of his party.
However, Speaker of the German government Steffen Seibert stated that Germany will not supply Ukraine the military weapon but it is ready to provide political support in the solution of the Donbas conflict.