Since May 2021, Germany has used its veto on the council of NATO support and supply agency and has also persuaded the Netherlands to take its side in this matter. Berlin allegedly did not want to appear as the only opponent of Ukraine's armament through the alliance.
Therefore, the dispatch to Ukraine within NATO of 90 large-caliber Barrett M82 sniper rifles from the USA and 20 EDM4S-UA anti-drone systems from Lithuania was canceled due to the position of the two countries. This is despite the fact that Ukraine, through the NATO Support and Supply Agency (NSPA), has already transferred money for both weapons systems in early 2021.
"Each decision to provide lethal support to Ukraine through the NSPA depends on the consensus of allies in individual cases. Two votes against put the case down. Although some systems were not lethal weapons,” a NATO spokesperson said.
When Merkel visited Kyiv in August 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked her to lift the blockade on arms supplies. The Chancellor did not accommodate him, stressing that it was "out of the question."
However, a couple of days before the expiration of her term of office, against the backdrop of a build-up of Russian troops near the Ukrainian borders, Merkel partially fulfilled Kyiv's requirements at the end of November and lifted the veto on sending 10 out of 20 ordered EDM4S-UA drone countermeasures to Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, Germany continues to resist the provision of rifles from the United States to Ukraine. The press service of the German Foreign Ministry has so far refused to comment on this information, citing the confidentiality of discussions and decisions taken within NATO.
As we reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky reproached Germany due to the refusal to supply weapons to Ukraine in the interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
However, 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.
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.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration prepared a $200 million package of additional military assistance for Ukraine in recent weeks but held off on delivering the aid despite appeals from Kyiv and some lawmakers.