Contents tagged with Germany

  • German Chancellor Scholz refuses to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected the request of the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal for the supply of additional heavy weapons to Ukraine, reports the German newspaper Welt, citing Ukrainian government officials.

    Shmygal reportedly asked for the supply of Leopard 2 tanks after, on April 8, the defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann  offered a direct delivery of these tanks to Ukraine. At that time, the company had already agreed to supply Ukraine with 100 Leopard 2A7 tanks, …

  • NATO is sourcing winter uniforms for Ukrainian troops

    NATO members are preparing a winter aid package for Ukraine, including warm uniforms, winter shoes and tents, reported Spiegel.

    In late July, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov submitted a request to the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg to provide winter uniforms for 200,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

    Reznikov urged to prepare clothes and winter tents for the military as soon as possible before the cold weather begins.

    NATO confirmed to reporters that it is in contact …

  • Two high-ranking German officials suspected of having close ties with Russia after inconsistencies found in Nord Stream 2 documents

    Two high-ranking officials in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action are suspected of having ties with Russia. Their case is handled by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany (BfV).

    According to the newspaper Die Zeit, in the spring, the trustees of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck, during the study of internal documents, found inconsistencies in documents on Nord Stream 2, volumes in the gas …

  • Media: Putin's daughter along with body guards have been flying to Germany to see her lover

    The daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ekaterina Tikhonova, has been regularly flying to Germany. She has been accompanied by the presidential guards, reports the investigative project The Important Stories and Der Spiegel.

    Journalists gained access to the email archive of Alexei Skripchak, one of the employees of the Russian Presidential Security Service, who was assigned to Tikhonova. It showed that Tikhonova flew to Germany to see her lover, ballet dancer Igor Zelensky, who in 201 …

  • Germany to deliver IRIS-T air defense systems to Ukraine in coming weeks

    Ukraine will soon receive the latest IRIS-T air defense systems, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

    "Specifically in the field of air defense, where first of all, help was requested, we made sure that highly modern Iris-T systems were not delivered to another country, but rather delivered to Ukraine. This will happen in the coming weeks," said the German Foreign Minister at a joint briefing with her Icelandic counterpart in Berlin.

    Earlier, Baerbock said that Germany plans to …

  • German Defense Ministry rejects Bundestag proposal to supply Ukraine with more weapons

    The German Defense Ministry rejected the proposal of Bundestag MPs from the ruling coalition to supply Ukraine with more weapons. “In view of the threat posed by Russia under President Vladimir Putin, Germany cannot take such risks,” DW quotes the official representative of the German Defense Ministry.

    "Indeed, we must be prepared for the fact that Putin will take advantage of any weakness and even a temporary gap in NATO's defense readiness," AFP quoted him as saying. He recalled that Germany …

  • German Chancellor Scholz says he does not support EU ban on visas for Russians

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) was skeptical about calls to introduce a total ban on issuing visas to citizens of the Russian Federation because of the Russian armed invasion of Ukraine. "This is Putin's war, so I don't like such initiatives," he said at a big summer press conference in Berlin.

    According to Scholz, the European Union has already imposed broad sanctions against representatives of the Russian leadership, and "this will continue." At the same time, the Federal …

  • German ex-Chancellor Schroeder in Moscow for possible talks on gas deliveries to Germany

    German Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrived in Moscow and settled near the head office of the Russian oil conglomerate Rosneft. He told reporters that he was a vacation. In response to the remark that the Rosneft’s office was very close, Schroeder replied in surprise: "Really? Yes, you're right." However, Schroeder's wife denied his words, saying that he is not on vacation at all, but "conducts negotiations on energy supplies."

    "He's not on vacation, he's negotiating energy policy in Moscow, …

  • Despite promises, German government reduces military support for Ukraine

    Despite its promises, the German government has not increased military support for Ukraine. The government opposition calls such behavior shameful, reported Die Welt.

    On Monday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: "We will support Ukraine – as long as it needs this support: economically, humanitarianly, financially and through the supply of weapons."

    However, as noted, the actions of the government do not correspond to its statements.

    As the newspaper notes, the list of weapons supplied to Ukraine, …

  • Bundestag Defense Committee calls on Scholz to convene ‘National Conference on Ukraine’

    Chairman of the German Bundestag Defense Committee Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to convene a "National Conference on Ukraine" as soon as possible to agree on further actions to help Ukraine, reports the news agency dpa.

    The conference should be attended by representatives of the government, the Armed Forces of Germany, defense industry and trade unions, suggested Strack-Zimmermann. "The goal should be to draw up an orderly plan and initiate the next targeted …