Contents tagged with Germany

  • Germany will pay a record amount for Russian oil and gas in 2022

    At the end of 2022, Germany will pay Russia for oil and gas 3 billion euros more than a year earlier. This is double the amount paid last year. The payment amount will  reach a record 33.9 billion euros, reports Greenpeace.

    According to Greenpeace, Germany's spending on Russian oil is expected to grow from 11.4 billion euros in 2021 to 14.3 billion euros in 2022. Spending on Russian gas will double - from 8.8 billion euros to 17.6 billion euros. Another 2.1 billion euros will be paid for …

  • German company Rheinmetall says it is ready to supply tanks to Ukraine

    The German defense concern Rheinmetall is ready to provide a shipment of used Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. "The first Leopard 1 can be delivered within six weeks," said Armin Papperger, chairman of the board of directors, in an interview with the newspaper Handelsblatt. To begin deliveries to Ukraine the company will need consent of the German government.

    According to Papperger, Rheinmetall can supply up to 50 Leopard 1 tanks from the old stock of the armies of other countries. The status of …

  • Berlin: Germany has reached its limit for supplying weapons to Ukraine

    German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Germany had reached the limit on the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the warehouses of the Bundeswehr.

    "Of course, we are urged to support Ukraine in its courageous struggle. As for supplies from the Bundeswehr warehouses, I must honestly say: we have now reached the limit, because our troops should still be able to guarantee the national defense and defense of the Alliance," she said in an interview with Augsburger Allgemeine.

    At the …

  • Der Spiegel: in intercepted radio communications obtained by German intelligence Russian soldiers speak about killings in Bucha

    The Federal Intelligence Service of Germany (BND) allegedly intercepted radio communications of the Russian military, which contain new information about the massacre in the town of Bucha near Kyiv, reports Der Spiegel.

    In radio messages, the Russians discussed the killings of civilians in Bucha. Some radio conversations can be correlated with the specific dead bodies in the photos from Bucha.

    In particular, the German intelligence service has radio messages, the content of which correlates …

  • Berlin: Germany among top 3 arms suppliers to Ukraine

    Germany is one of the three largest suppliers of weapons to Ukraine, and according to some indicators even ranks second, said the spokesperson for the German Defense Ministry, Captain David Helmbold at a press conference in Berlin.

    The day before, during a visit to Washington, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht noted that " Germany has become the second largest supplier of weapons to Ukraine." She declined to give specific numbers.

    The Minister's statement caused some bewilderment …

  • Ukrainian ambassador: Berlin believed Ukraine would fall to Russia in only a few hours

    Berlin believed that Ukraine would last only "a few hours" after the Russian invasion. Therefore, German politicians opposed the supply of weapons to Kyiv and the disconnection of Russia from the SWIFT system, Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk told the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    According to him, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner was one of those who believed in Russia’s quick victory. Melnyk said that, at one of the meetings, Lindner was sitting next to him …

  • Germany abandoning Russian gas

    The German authorities decided to abandon gas imports from Russia. This was stated by Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a speech in the German parliament on Sunday, February 27.

    According to him, Moscow has unreasonably inflated the price of gas, threatens the security of the entire continent and can no longer be considered a stable partner.

    "February 24, 2022, marks a turning point in the history of our continent. Vladimir Putin wants to recreate the Russian Empire and govern Europe as he sees …

  • Germany sending anti-tank and air-defense systems to Ukraine

    Germany is sending 1,000 anti-tank systems and 500 Stinger anti-aircraft portable systems to Ukraine, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Twitter.

    "The Russian attack marks a turning point. It is our duty to do everything possible to support Ukraine in its defense against the invasion of Putin's army," he wrote.

    "Therefore, we are delivering 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missile systems to our friends in Ukraine," added the head of the German government.

    Earlier, Germany provided …

  • Germany halts certification of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    The long-suffering Nord Stream 2 project, which cost 10 billion euros, of which 5 billion was invested by Russian gas giant Gazprom, is one step closer to becoming the most expensive pile of scrap metal in the world.

    Germany is stopping the certification process of the gas pipeline, which was supposed to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Europe annually, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday.

    "I asked the Ministry of Economy to recall from the Federal Network Agency …

  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz refuses to take Russian PCR test before meeting with Putin

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz refused to take the PCR test offered by the Russian side before a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Scholz decided to do the PCR test necessary for admission to the Kremlin with a German doctor at the German Embassy in Moscow. The Chancellor's spokesperson reported that representatives of the Russian medical authorities were invited to attend Scholz's testing.

    The PCR kit needed for the test was brought from Germany. Even …