German foreign minister says ‘no alternative’ to giving Ukraine military aid

22 August, 12:44 PM
Annalena Baerbock (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Poo)

Annalena Baerbock (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Poo)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin refuses to negotiate even on the simplest issues and doesn’t respond to attempts to mediate in the war, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at the German federal government’s open day in Berlin on Aug. 21, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Aug 22.

Baerbock said that if the negotiations at this stage don’t help to end the war, "then we can choose either to do nothing, or declare that we will provide military assistance so that further advances by Russia can be prevented."

According to Baerbock, the alternative to such assistance would be to leave millions of people to their fate, and “one could simply not be responsible for this."

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When asked if she considers the volume of German military assistance to Ukraine sufficient, Baerbock said Germany was doing “the same as other countries,” and there isn’t a competition between them over who will help Ukraine the most.

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