Vice Chancellor of Germany Robert Habeck has denied reports in the German media that his country is doing little to help Ukraine.
Earlier, the German media outlet Welt am Sonntag reported that over the past nine weeks, the government of Olaf Scholz in Germany has minimized the supply of weapons to Ukraine.
Habeck reminded that Ukraine will soon receive, in particular, the German PzH 2000, a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer, which the Ukrainian military is currently studying, DW reports.
These howitzers will soon be delivered to Ukraine, Habeck added.
“Therefore, in no case can it be said that Germany does not supply (to Ukraine - ed.) anything or is supplying too little,” the German Vice Chancellor said.
On the other hand, according to him, Germany cannot fulfill all of Ukraine's wishes.
Habeck said the accusation that Germany was not doing enough for Ukraine was at the same time “wrong, but understandable.”
“It's wrong, because it's not true. And understandable, because we, as the largest economy in the EU, are a country from which a lot is rightfully expected, and because Germany in the past years had too uncritical relations with the Russian government,” Habeck said, recalling that despite the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Germany built the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Ukraine complained for years that the Nord Stream-2 project presented a huge threat to its security.
The pipeline was completed in October 2021. Months later, Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.