Germany Extends Military Support to Ukraine to Combat Russian Invasion

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with German chancellor Olaf Scholz during a visit to Berlin on March 17, 2022. Photo: NATO
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with German chancellor Olaf Scholz during a visit to Berlin on March 17, 2022. Photo: NATO

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked German chancellor Olaf Scholz for his strong personal commitment to NATO and Germany’s leading role in the Alliance during a visit to Berlin on Thursday (17 March).

Standing next to Chancellor Scholz ahead of talks that focussed on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Secretary General paid tribute to the Ukrainian people and their armed forces. 

“Their courage and determination are an inspiration to us all”, he said, reiterating that Ukraine has the right to defend itself. “I commend Germany for providing Ukraine with many different types of support – military, financial, and humanitarian,” Mr Stoltenberg said, praising Germany for welcoming more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

In the wake of Russia’s invasion, NATO has reinforced its presence in the eastern part of the Alliance and Mr Stoltenberg welcomed the contribution made by Germany, citing the deployment of additional troops to Lithuania and fighter jets to Romania. “This is part of NATO’s swift, decisive, and united response to this fundamental change in our security,” he said.

Recalling that NATO Defence Ministers have directed military commanders to draw up detailed options to further reinforce deterrence in the alliance’s eastern flank, the Secretary General stressed that new deployments will require major increases to defence spending by Allies.  

“Germany is leading the way”, the Secretary General said, citing the government’s decisions to increase defence spending to 2 percent of GDP and to purchase fifth generation fighter aircraft.

During his visit to Berlin, the Secretary General also met with Finance Minister Christian Lindner, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht, and senior parliamentary leaders.

Courtesy: NATO

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