Deutsche Welle
June 22, 2022

Olaf Scholz: NATO partners can ‘rely on Germany’

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday told the German parliament, the Bundestag, that members of the NATO alliance could rely on Berlin.

…Scholz’s speech focused on Berlin’s support for NATO and Kyiv.

In his speech, the chancellor stressed that Germany not only took responsibility for its own security, but also for that of its allies. He said this was underlined by a €100 billion ($107 billion) upgrade of the Bundeswehr agreed by both houses of parliament.

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“The German armed forces will be equipped so it can protect our country and our allies against any attack,” Scholz told the parliament. “That is the standard for the new Bundeswehr.”

The chancellor also said Ukraine was getting the weapons it most urgently needed at the current phase of the war. He said the German government had decided to list all of the weapons it had already sent to Ukraine, as other NATO allies have done.

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The speech came a day after Ukraine confirmed that it had received heavy weapons from Germany. Self-propelled howitzers, the Panzerhaubitze 2000, are the first heavy weapons sent by Germany to arrive in Ukraine.