The federal government has published a list of weapons and equipment that have been and are to be delivered to Ukraine. But the claim that the Chancellor has been making so far cannot be substantiated by the Federal Government’s list.
The list of arms deliveries to Ukraine, now published for the first time by the federal government, may be a lot. One thing, however, it is certainly not: military proof of Germany’s claim to political leadership, as recently announced by SPD chairman Lars Klingbeil. If you wanted to say it unfriendly, you would have to put it like this: the policy of the Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz denies the claims of his SPD chairman Klingbeil.
In any case, there is nothing on the five-page list that you did not already know or could know if you were interested, for example from the statements made by the Federal Chancellor in the Bundestag. In any case, this list is also the moment when the traffic light government made a fool of itself internationally for the first time – although it has to be said that the 5,000 helmets that Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht boasted about at the time have now grown to 23,000.
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Although one can ask oneself whether the Bundeswehr could not have sent more than 100 tents to the Ukraine. No more than 15 pallets of clothing. No more than 125 binoculars and 10,000 sleeping bags. The Ukrainian soldiers have probably eaten up the 360,000 one-man packs (EPA) long ago.
One cannot say that Germany does not supply anything. But the claim that the Chancellor has been making so far cannot be substantiated by the Federal Government’s list. The decisive deliveries are in any case only in part 2 of the list. And it deals with what is yet to come. So it’s not there yet.
A heavy weapon from Germany has not yet been deployed in Ukraine. The Gepard tanks, not ordered by the Ukraine but promised by Olaf Scholz, are yet to be delivered. Ditto the Iris T air defense system, the Cobra artillery detection radar and the (three) multiple rocket launchers. Meanwhile, this afternoon, the first German “2000” self-propelled howitzers have arrived in Ukraine, reports Ukrainian Defense Minister Resnikov.
You won’t find the 100 Marder tanks that Ukraine has been keen on for a long time on the federal government’s list. No wonder: they are to be sent to Greece as part of a so-called ring exchange – which will at least mean that they will finally escape from the Ukraine.
At a conference of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, headed by the former chancellor candidate Martin Schulz and at which Lars Klingbeil conjured up a German leadership role, the strategist Claudia Major called for a farewell to the German “cuddly zone”. At this “Zeitenwende” conference, she complained about a “change of mentality” – in order to first accept the transition from a “peace order to a conflict order”.
This is exactly what the SPD part of the traffic light coalition is still struggling with. Development Minister Svenja Schulze advocated not allowing “military logic” to become the “fixed point” of thinking. Rather, what a peaceful world needs is development policy. However, the world is not peaceful right now, at least not on our doorstep.
“Leadership” means direction. Means getting the necessary majorities for a path that has been decided correctly. In any case, “leadership” makes you lonely at first. And loneliness, that’s just not Olaf Scholz’s concept. From the very first day of the Ukraine war, he attached particular importance to moving in a “convoy” with the other western powers, the old ones like France and the new ones around the long-established old Eastern regional power Poland.
“Leadership” as Klingbeil may have it in mind emanates from the – only – western leading power: the United States, which is supplying far more military materiel to Ukraine than the other Allies put together. In terms of their national population, per capita, the Baltic States deliver the most – right from the start. So since the time when Scholz was still hesitant, the – public – assessment of Ukrainian President Selenskyj has been followed.
In the Scholz team there is still a great deal of skepticism towards Ukraine and a turn towards Russia, which does not mean: sympathy here. Scholz’s top advisor Jens Plötner responded – at the German Society for Foreign Policy – on Monday to the “Zeitenwende” question about Ukraine’s European perspective in a remarkably cool way: only if they are attacked does it not make them better when it comes to the dealing with law and order.
And that’s not all: the military part of the Ukraine aid is being discussed in Germany in an almost “feverish” way. And the media was more focused on supplying tanks than thinking about future relations with Russia.
Plötner was one of the closest associates of the then Foreign Minister and current Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has since apologized for the mistakes in his Russia policy.
When thinking about Germany’s future relations with Russia, the Greens, Scholz’s coalition partner, came to a clear conclusion: they don’t exist.
At least not as long as Vladimir Putin is still here.