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War in Ukraine: Olaf Scholz and Mark Rutte do not want to deliver more than twelve howitzers


Weapon systems could "not simply be made available": together with the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, Chancellor Scholz initially does not want to send Ukraine more than the promised howitzers.

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Olaf Scholz with Mark Rutte

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For the time being, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte see no way of supplying the Ukraine with more than the twelve 2000 self-propelled howitzers that had been promised.

"I don't see that at the moment," said Rutte on Thursday in The Hague in a joint press conference with Scholz.

Scholz pointed out that weapon systems “cannot be easily made available”.

The number twelve is not random.

It has something to do with "the fact that we considered when does it make sense, how much does it have to be in order to create a functioning unit from it," explained Scholz.

"And then we both got together and made a little bit more possible than otherwise would have been possible."

Rutte explained that the howitzers were not a weapon aid intended for immediate use, "but rather for a subsequent phase of the fighting".

Good training of the Ukrainian soldiers with these "complex guns" is crucial.

The Netherlands also have a lot of backlogs in their army that they have to clear up first.

The Netherlands deliver five self-propelled howitzers, Germany seven.

Both countries want to work closely together on training for the Ukrainian army.

This has already started in Germany.

Rutte warned against supplying Ukraine with self-propelled howitzers without adequate training.

"It takes weeks or maybe longer," he says when asked whether the artillery pieces could be delivered to Ukraine quickly.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-05-19

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