Der Tagesspiegel reported that the budget constraints raise questions about Berlin’s ability to live up to its ambitious plans.
Der Tagesspiegel newspaper claimed that Germany may be approaching the limit of its financial capabilities to provide defense assistance to Ukraine. The newspaper also indicated that Berlin will not be able to deliver any more tanks to Kiev than it has already pledged.
Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky expressed concern that a lack of military progress could actually weaken the desire of Kiev’s backers to strengthen it. Several Western media outlets have also recently claimed that fatigue is growing across Europe as the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues for more than a year and a half.
Der Tagesspiegel newspaper said in its report on Tuesday that despite the announcement of a new military aid package worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion), which Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced on the same day during his visit to Kiev, there are question marks hanging over Germany’s ability to… Fulfilling its current pledges, not to mention providing more weapons.
The media reported that the Budget Committee in the Bundestag postponed last Friday its decision on the draft 2024 budget. The government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz found itself in trouble after the court prevented it from reusing 60 billion euros ($65 billion) of unused funds remaining from the pandemic. Covid-19. Among the sections of the budget that remained in limbo is Berlin’s plans to double military aid to Ukraine to 8 billion euros next year.
Der Tagesspiegel newspaper quoted fiscal policymaker Ingo Gedichens of the opposition Christian Democratic Union party as warning that there was… “Right now there is no certainty.”
“If aid to Ukraine is also cut as part of the overall cut, this will have disastrous consequences,” he added. prophesy.
The lawmaker explained that unless there is an increase in military aid allocations to Ukraine now, “Next year, Germany will not be able to send more aid to Ukraine, or proceed with the necessary replacement of the delivered weapons systems.”
Moreover, Berlin will likely not be able to draw on its stockpile to supply tanks to Kiev anymore, the newspaper noted.
In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Zelensky noted that the summer’s overwhelming counteroffensive, which failed to secure any significant territorial gains for Kiev, “Not a good message.” When it comes to the willingness of Western countries to continue supporting his nation.
Earlier this month, the top Ukrainian army commander, Valery Zalozhny, described the situation on the battlefield as… “deadlock” This is an assessment that Zelensky rejected.
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