Baerbock defends German government’s decision on arms deliveries to Ukraine

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Annalena Baerbock announces that the federal government will continue to rely on economic and financial support © Kay Nietfeld / dpa

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has defended the German government’s refusal to supply arms to Ukraine.

Berlin – Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has defended the federal government’s refusal to deliver arms to Ukraine. Turning the foreign policy course by 180 degrees on this issue “should be done with full awareness and, above all, not closing doors for de-escalation, which are opening so hesitantly at this moment,” said Baerbock on Thursday in the Bundestag with a view to resuming talks.

Germany also supports Ukraine militarily, she said. Baerbock mentioned the delivery of protective helmets, the construction of protective bunkers and the training of Ukrainian soldiers. But dialogue has absolute priority. Baerbock: “Whoever talks, doesn’t shoot. It is therefore fatal to simply dismiss the resumption of Dialogue.” The federal government continues to focus on strengthening Ukraine economically and financially. (dpa)

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