Germany reveals military and economic strategy

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has outlined his view of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, arming Kiev, and rebuilding the Bundeswehr Read Full Article at RT.com

Germany reveals military and economic strategy

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes in the transatlantic mission of universal democracy, rebuilding the German military to make the European Union stronger, and arming Ukraine while carefully skirting the line of open war with Russia, according to an interview published on Friday.

“a cool head and well-considered decisions, because our country bears responsibility for peace and security throughout Europe,” Scholz told the German weekly Der Spiegel.

“I don’t think it’s justified for Germany and NATO to become warring parties in Ukraine,” he added.

explained that Germany can’t send any more weapons because the Bundeswehr’s own stores were running low, but is willing to fund Kiev’s arms purchases from the German military industry. 

“withstand a conventional attack for twelve days with our ammunition and our equipment,” so it can’t send any more of it to Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin had actually sent more weapons than publicly disclosed, while rumors circulated that Germany could sell retired Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. A day later, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Berlin would send modern armored vehicles to Slovenia instead, while Ljubljana would ship its Cold War-era models to Kiev.

“political responsibility,” not fear.

“Introducing a no-fly zone, as was demanded, would have turned NATO into a party to the war,” he said. “I said very early on that we must do everything possible to avoid a direct military confrontation between NATO and a highly armed superpower like Russia, a nuclear power. I am doing everything to prevent an escalation leading to a third World War. There must be no nuclear war.”

“the consequences of a mistake would be dramatic.”

“There has to be a ceasefire, the Russian troops have to withdraw. There must be a peace agreement that will allow Ukraine to defend itself in the future. We will equip them in such a way that their safety is guaranteed. And we are available as a guarantee power. There will be no dictated peace of the kind that Putin had long dreamed of,” Scholz told Der Spiegel.

Scholz described himself as a “trans-Atlanticist” who believes that “the desire to live as a democracy in a free society is universal.” His belief that Russia has “long been on the road to autocracy” has been informed by the work of Masha Gessen, a Russian-born LGBTQ activist. Scholz blamed the current situation in Europe on “Putin's imperialism” and argued that the Russian president “is the aggressor, nobody else.”

“turning point” in German policy in a February speech, Scholz said he was doing three things: investing 100 billion euros to better equip the Bundeswehr, accelerating Germany’s transition to “green” energy, and building a “strong, sovereign European Union” which means bringing in the “Western Balkans” – referring to the the former Yugoslavia.

Germans are ready for a more powerful army because “they know that a better equipped Bundeswehr does not mean a change to a more aggressive German policy,” Scholz told Der Spiegel, adding that his country has “repositioned itself as a democracy after all the catastrophes of the first half of the 20th century, in such a way that nobody fears a militarily stronger Germany.”