German opposition calls for increased ammo supply to Ukraine
Henning Otte (Photo:Henning Otte / Facebook)
Defense expert of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany party, Henning Otte, called on the federal government to increase the budget for the supply of ammunition to Ukraine, German newspaper Bild reported on Feb. 15.
“This is necessary, as the ammunition cannot be financed from the special fund of the Bundeswehr, which is 100 billion euros,” the politician said.
He noted that “Germany must make clear commitments.”
“The current federal budget is frozen and hasn’t yet been adapted to the situation yet,” Otte added.
“The federal government has to act in this situation.”
On Feb. 15, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck said that Germany was “a little late” with the delivery of battle tanks to Ukraine.
On Jan. 25, after much hesitation, Germany approved the transfer of 14 Leopard-2 main battle tanks to Ukraine and their re-export from partner countries.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that Ukraine will receive 120-140 modern Western tanks in the first wave. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine needs 300-500 tanks for a major counteroffensive.
The first batch of tanks should be delivered to Ukraine this summer, but most of them won’t arrive until next year.
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