FDP wants to increase training for Ukrainian officers



Dhe future FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Saai has called for a special training program for Ukrainian officers in Germany. Training support has been a strength of the Bundeswehr for many years, said Djir-Saai of the German Press Agency. “Advanced defensive skills and tactics could be core elements of the training program. Of course, specific training needs would have to be coordinated with Ukraine,” said Djir-Sarai.

Since the Russian annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014, Germany has intensified cooperation with Ukraine – including militarily. Ukrainian officers are already being trained in Germany. After the Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine, NATO allies criticized the German government’s restraint in the conflict. Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

“It would be an important and necessary contribution of solidarity towards Ukraine if the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces could be increased with German training support,” said Djir-Sarai. “Germany should therefore make Ukraine the offer to train Ukrainian officers here in the country as part of a special training program.”

Heusgen demands arms deliveries for Ukraine

The future chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Christoph Heusgen, calls for a stronger military contribution from Germany, for example by supplying weapons for defense. “If the Ukrainians turn to Germany for help today, we should support them with defensive weapons,” Heusgen told the newspapers of the Funke media group and the French newspaper “Ouest-France”. The traditional rule in Germany is that no armaments are delivered to conflict regions. But: “In addition to our restraint, we must also remember that during the Second World War German security forces carried out massacres of Jewish Ukrainians,” said the long-standing foreign policy adviser to former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).


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