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Ukraine pressures Germany for help

kyiv can no longer wait for new arms deliveries, says new envoy to Berlin

Ukraine’s envoy to Germany has urged the country to speed up arms deliveries to kyiv. In an interview with the Die Welt newspaper on Sunday, the new ambassador, Aleksey Makeev, said he wanted Berlin to do more to help amid the conflict with Russia.

“I don’t want to put diplomatic pressure on the federal government, I want Germany to deliver what they have faster. Because we no longer have time to wait for weapons,” Makeev said.

Although Die Welt presented him as a “more diplomatic” and “cooperative” No one other than his scandal-ridden predecessor, Andrey Melnik, the new envoy said he planned to deal with the issue of arms deliveries directly. Melnik was known for repeatedly criticizing Berlin over its alleged reluctance to send more weapons to Kiev, as well as insulting German officials, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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“I take things head on and I would like more help”Makeev said.

The list of weapons kyiv wants from Berlin includes “more anti-aircraft systems, self-propelled howitzers, Gepard [anti-aircraft tanks]and ammunition, “he noted. The two sides are still in talks over deliveries of Marder infantry fighting vehicles and Leopard tanks, the ambassador added.

The envoy also criticized Berlin’s decision not to send US-made Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine and to send them to Poland instead.

“Weapons are needed there, not in Poland or Germany,”Makeev said, while expressing hope that Ukraine’s borders will soon be seen as “NATO’s eastern flank.”

On Saturday, Tobias Lindner, parliamentary state secretary in the German Foreign Office, said the Patriots were part of NATO’s collective defense system and that Berlin could not simply hand them over to a third party outside the military bloc, like Ukraine. .

Russia has repeatedly warned the West against sending arms to kyiv, saying it will only prolong the conflict and “brings more pain” for the country.


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