To protect its coastline in light of rising tensions on the border with Russia, Ukraine has asked Germany to supply defensive weapons - used German corvettes, anti-ship missile components, air defense systems and mine-clearing equipment. This is reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
It is noted that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reacted negatively to the possible supply of weapons to the Ukrainian side. Defense Minister Annegrette Kramp-Karrenbauer and the chairman of the foreign policy committee of the Bundestag Norbert Röttgen expressed a positive attitude towards this.
"Since Russia is threatening war, it would be wrong to exclude the supply of purely defensive weapons systems now," Röttgen said.
Earlier, the Ukrainian intelligence reported that the Russian Federation is ready for large-scale provocations against Ukraine, including an offensive deep into the territory of our country.
Meanwhile, the candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, considers it inappropriate to talk now about Ukraine's membership in NATO because of the conflict with Russia.
"The message to Moscow should be like this: sovereign states themselves decide the issue of their alliances. This also includes the prospect of Ukraine in the EU and NATO. But you cannot take the third step before the first, and, of course, not in a situation where there is a tough conflict with Russia. I think it makes sense to support Ukraine in demining, "said Baerbock.