A similar situation existed on the eve of the U.S. and British invasion of Iraq nineteen years ago. Germany, Canada, Belgium and Luxembourg opposed NATO involvement but compensated by, with Germany, increasing its deployment of ships for NATO’s Operation Active Endeavor surveillance and interdiction naval mission in the Mediterranean, and Canada by increasing troop numbers for NATO’s war in Afghanistan, taking over Kandahar province, birthplace of the Taliban and the scene of the most intense fighting in the country. Then both countries deployed troops to Iraq under NATO’s Training Mission Iraq.

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Germany to send field hospital to Ukraine as war fears grow

Germany will send a field hospital to Ukraine, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Jan. 22, while once again rejecting Kiev’s calls for weapons delivery as fears of a Russian invasion grow.

Berlin has already delivered respirators to Ukraine and severely injured Ukrainian soldiers are currently being treated in Bundeswehr hospitals, the minister told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

“In February, a complete field hospital will be handed over, including the necessary training, all co-financed by Germany with 5.3 million euros ($6.0 million),” Lambrecht said.

“We are standing on Kiev’s side….”

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Echoing Western allies, Lambrecht said Moscow’s demand to decide which state joins NATO was a “red line” for the alliance.

“There is no Russian veto-right for membership to NATO….,” she said.

Turning to Mali, another theatre of conflict involving Russia, Lambrecht said Moscow will not achieve its aims simply by deploying mercenaries to the West African countries.

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Germany has around a thousand troops stationed in Mali as part of the United Nations’ MINUSMA mission.

The West believes that several hundred Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group had been deployed in the centre and north of the country.