German Foreign Minister explain non-supply of arms to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

His Ukrainian colleague noted that Kyiv has complete right to purchase weapon overseas, while Germany does not have the law that hinder the supply or sale of the German weapon to Ukraine
13:42, 10 June 2021

Deutsche Welle

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas stated that Germany does not supply arms to crisis regions of the world, countries at the state war or countries threatened by war. It was his way to explain the refusal of Germany to provide military aid to Ukraine, as Deutsche Welle reported.

“If in that phone talk (with Sergei Lavrov, - I would report that we have made a decision to supply arms to one of the sides of the conflicts, I believe the talk would be much shorter than it was,” Maas noted.

The mentioned phone talk was held by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov on June 7. The French and German officials tried to persuade the Russian official to agree on the new meeting in the Normandy Format. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba did not participate in the phone call.

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Meanwhile, during the meeting with Maas, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister signaled that he considered the normative acts of Germany concerning the supplies of arms to other countries.

“As far as I know, there is no judicial reason, [I mean,] the law that would hinder the supply or sale of the German weapon to Ukraine,” Kuleba noted.

According to him, Ukraine, in turn, has the complete right to purchase weapons overseas as no embargo exists concerning this issue.

Kuleba called refusal of Berlin to sell weapons to Ukraine a "political decision".

Earlier, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky told at the interview for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reproached Germany for refusal to provide weapons to Ukraine.

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It took place after co-leader of Alliance '90/The Greens Robert Habeck stated during his visit to Kyiv that Ukraine cannot be refused in right to get the defensive arms. Besides, he earlier stated that Ukraine fight not only for itself but Ukraine also protects the security of Europe.

However, Speaker of the German government Steffen Seibert stated that Germany would not give Ukraine the  weapons but it is ready to provide political support in the solution of the Donbas conflict.

Moreover, Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas stated that arms supplies will not help resolve the conflict in Donbas.

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