German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, 26 July 2022.
Berlin – German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock calls for caution in the debate about weapons for Ukraine. According to her, these are difficult decisions because they are not toys, but heavy military equipment. Baerbock says this in an interview published in the Saturday edition of the German daily Tagesspiegel. According to the minister, Germany is not leading the debate on fighter jets for Ukraine.
Barbock said it's important to “always consider carefully.” At the same time, according to her, it is necessary to think about “what will happen if Ukraine cannot defend itself”.
Asked about a discussion about the possible delivery of fighter jets to a country attacked by Russia, Baerbock said: “This is not a debate we are having.” According to the German minister, it is important that the decisions made so far are implemented quickly. The debate over the delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine followed the decision of several Western countries to provide Ukraine with tanks.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the EU summit in Brussels this week that the delivery of fighter jets “is not subject to discussion”. However, other national delegations confirmed to the DPA agency that Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger brought up the possible delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine in a major round of negotiations.
At the end of January, Baerbock called on the Western allies to be cohesive, saying: “We are waging a war against Russia, not against each other.” This statement at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg caused a great stir and criticism. The German Foreign Ministry then made it clear that the minister did not mean that Germany or its allies would participate in the war. you don't live,” Tagesspiegel called the whole interview with the minister that way.