Germany is “
one of the countries doing the most
” to help Ukraine militarily, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, defending German delays in delivering weapons to Kiev, in an interview broadcast Sunday by CBS .
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These long delays for German weapons, compared to the speed of sending those supplied by Washington, are explained by the need to train Ukrainian soldiers in their use, in Germany, he justified, in this interview given Thursday on the American channel on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Madrid.
And if you take that into account, (as well as) what we're sending out looking two, three, four weeks from now, you'll see that Germany is one of the countries doing the most for Ukraine, because what we are sending is the most advanced technology available
," said the Chancellor.
Since the beginning of the Russian offensive, Berlin has been accused of hesitating -- even reluctant -- to deliver arms to the Ukrainians, especially offensive weapons, for the sake of sparing its relations with Moscow.
Some US armaments are delivered less than 48 hours after Joe Biden's signature formalizing the transfer, noted CBS reporter Margaret Brennan.
But, Mr. Scholz replied, comparing that to the weeks or months of delay for Germany is not reasonable.
You have to understand the difference of a country like the United States, which spends so much on its defense, it's a very big investment, and you have a lot of weapons in stock.
The mortars delivered by many countries to Ukraine were not the most modern, but they were in stock
,” he said, speaking in English.
The German Chancellor also considered that Vladimir Putin most likely had the means to sustainably pursue his offensive in Ukraine.
I think the decision to wage this war was made a year before it started, or maybe even before.
And so he will be able to continue this war for a really long time
,” Olaf Scholz said.