Ukraine Asks Germany for Warships and Anti-Aircraft Systems
According to Melnik, his country also urgently needs the most modern anti-aircraft systems, which, as he noted, are produced by German defense concerns. Ukraine has been seeking arms supplies from Germany for many years to protect against a possible Russian invasion, but so far without success.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz once again rejected Kiev's requests on the eve, stressing that Germany has been pursuing a balanced strategy for many years, excluding the export of lethal weapons. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, during a visit to Kiev on January 17, also rejected Ukraine's demands.
Marie-Agnes Zimmermann, chairman of the Bundestag Defense Committee, believes that it is necessary to think about the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine for self-defense. «In the coalition agreement, we agreed that we would not supply weapons to crisis regions. But, given the current situation and the threat to our continent, we must reconsider this position in this particular case. The supply of defensive weapons could provide an opportunity to support Ukraine», a representative of the Free Democratic Party said in an interview with the t-online news portal.