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Scholz ratifies before Macron his support for Ukraine “with the necessary means”

Date: April 17, 2024 Time: 07:54:28

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, expressed this Sunday the total coincidence between his country and France in the will to provide Ukraine with “all the support that is necessary”, as long as “it is necessary” and “with the means that are necessary”, financial , humanitarian or armament.

“The common objective is for Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine,” said the German leader in an appearance with French President Emmanuel Macron, after the Franco-German Council of Ministers held today in Paris and amid pressure on Berlin to the shipment of “Leopard2” that kyiv claims.

Asked if that availability includes this type of tanks, Scholz insisted that any decision regarding arms shipments must be adopted “in close consensus with our allies,” both European and United States.

He recalled that Germany had maintained in its arms exports the rule of not sending them to countries or regions in conflict, but that in the case of Ukraine this principle has been maintained “in response to the war of aggression” launched by Russia.

“We supply Ukraine with Marder and Gepard type tanks, in addition to anti-aircraft defense systems and Patriot batteries,” he said, insisting that any decision on future shipments must be based on coordination between its allies “as well as the necessary criteria such as availability “.

“Our decisions must conform to the criteria of not causing a new escalation,” Macron said, adding that another reason to attend to is that the supplies agreed “do not exceed our capacities.”

The Franco-German Council of Ministers and the acts of the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty take place three days after the meeting of the Contact Group for Ukraine, held last Friday at the US base in Ramstein (Germany), in which they did not there was agreement on the “Leopard”.

The German defense minister, Boris Pistorius, conditioned a decision on the tanks at his disposal that this was “in the process of discussion.” These tanks are of German manufacture and their shipment to Ukraine by any country depends on a prior authorization from Berlin.

The indecision has provoked criticism among some Western allies – who have been putting pressure on Berlin for weeks -, frustration in kyiv – at the possibility of a Russian land offensive – and discomfort among the liberal and green partners of the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz – who consider it a “failure”. “German-.

Macron “does not rule out” the sending of battle tanks

For his part, the French president has stated that he “does not rule out” the possibility of sending Leclerc tanks to Ukraine to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces against the Russian invasion. “As for the Leclercs, I have asked the Minister of the Armed Forces to work on it. Nothing is ruled out and that is collectively appreciated,” Macron signed at a joint press conference with Scholz.

The decision, he explained, will be made based on three criteria. The first, “that it is not an escalation”, the second, “that it can provide real and effective support” to Ukraine and the third, that it does not weaken “our own defense capabilities”.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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