Ukraine’s new defense minister blames Germany Stop the supply of weapons Although the United States warned that the Russian army might be invading, they went to Kiev via NATO.
Oleksi Reznikov told the Financial Times that in the past month, Berlin rejected Ukraine’s purchase of anti-drone rifles and anti-sniper systems through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. However, Germany’s attitude towards the first item has eased after deeming that it is not lethal.
“They are still building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while blocking our defensive weapons. This is very unfair,” Reznikov said, referring to the Russian natural gas pipeline, which passes through the Baltic Sea to Germany and bypasses Existing supply routes through Ukraine.
Kiev has been trying to bridge the gap in its military capabilities, but the allies fear that the supply of weapons may be seen by Moscow as a provocation or even an excuse for escalation. Ukraine is urgently seeking to obtain anti-missile and air defense systems, electronic warfare kits and cyber defense equipment.
Officials and analysts – even those close to the Kremlin – acknowledge that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s true intentions for Ukraine still exist A mystery.
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