< /p> Illustration photo – German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius in Brussels on February 14, 2023.
Stockholm – Germany will increase support for Ukraine if China starts supplying Russia with weapons. According to Reuters, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said this in an interview with German radio station Deutschlandfunk in Stockholm, where EU defense ministers are meeting for an informal meeting.
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US officials have recently warned that Beijing is considering providing Moscow with military aid, including weapons and ammunition. China calls the claims a smear campaign.
According to Reuters, Pistorius also called again for an increase in the capacity for the production of ammunition, which Ukraine needs to be able to defend itself against a Russian invasion. “More ammunition orders alone will not ensure more ammunition,” the minister noted. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has already spoken about the need to strengthen ammunition production capacities. He is also participating in the meeting of EU defense ministers in the Swedish capital.
Pistorius also commented on Tuesday's report by The New York Times, according to which a pro-Ukrainian group may be behind last year's attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines. The German defense chief warned against jumping to conclusions in this regard.
“The explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines could also be the result of a false flag operation carried out with the aim of placing the blame on Ukraine,” said the German defense minister.
Three of the four pipelines of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines at the bottom of the Baltic Sea were disrupted by as yet unexplained explosions last September, one pipeline of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remained intact. On Tuesday, Ukraine again denied any connection with the attack.