German Chancellor reaffirms Berlin’s position on non-delivery of arms to Kyiv
Update: January 22, 2022 02:52 STI
Berlin [Germany], Jan 22 (ANI/Sputnik): The new German government continues the policy of the previous government on not supplying arms to Ukraine and reaffirms its commitment to this idea, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday.
“The Federal Government has a clear position on arms exports, a position of continuity, a position that the government has defended in recent years: we do not support the export of lethal weapons from Germany,” Scholz said. to the press following a Council of Ministers.
He added that Berlin was actively working to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine and urged Moscow to reduce its military presence on the border. The Chancellor also expressed the hope that security in Europe in the future will be based on the principle of territorial integrity and the inviolability of state sovereignty.
At the same time, Scholz said Germany was preparing to take appropriate measures in the event of a military escalation of the conflict.
Tensions around Ukraine have escalated in recent months after Russia was accused of gathering troops near the Ukrainian border and allegedly preparing for an invasion. Moscow has denied the charges, pointing to NATO military activity near Russia’s borders, which it considers a threat to its national security. Russia has also declared that it has the right to move its forces within its own territory. (ANI/Sputnik)