British observer Oliver Moody said on the air of Times Radio about the shortage of stocks of weapons in warehouses in Germany due to large-scale deliveries to Ukraine. According to his estimates, the Bundeswehr remaining in the warehouses will be enough for only two days of intense fighting.
The expert explained that the military warehouses of all EU countries are being depleted as the Russian special operation continues. However, in Germany, this problem is already becoming especially acute, since the German authorities have been pursuing a policy of reducing funding for the Armed Forces for many years.
As Moody notes, Berlin will have to spend at least € 20 billion to restore an arsenal that meets the minimum requirements of NATO. Since 2014, the alliance has been increasing defense spending, taking steps to ensure a more equitable burden-sharing between US European allies and Canada.
2% of GDP
German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht warned in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Germany in 2022 will not be able to meet the target for NATO spending for defense in the amount of 2% of national GDP. This will happen, according to her estimates, only in five years.
“There is no doubt,” she concluded, specifying that Berlin nevertheless considers itself »support Kyiv.
Earlier, The New York Times, citing sources reported that two-thirds of the NATO countries had already exhausted their possibilities for supplying arms to Ukraine. According to the interlocutors of the publication, the stocks of 20 out of 30 NATO countries are “almost at zero.” — first of all, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
“In general, NATO countries transferred weapons worth $40 billion to Ukraine, which is comparable to the annual military budget of France,” the note said.
Scandal over tanks
Earlier, the German authorities refused to supply tanks to Ukraine. The decision was made by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, for which a flurry of criticism fell upon him. CDU Bundestag deputy, retired colonel Roderich Kizewetter accused him of being afraid of Russia‘s reaction to this “provocation”.
stating that if German tanks were used against Russian troops, it would be a provocation,” the German parliamentarian expressed confidence.
German Patriot air defense systems to Kyiv, this will provoke the direct involvement of the FRG in the conflict in Ukraine.
According to him, Germany supported Ukraine with weapons and military equipment, but, like all other NATO member states, did not directly participates in the conflict, and the transfer of the SAM “would force Germany to cross this line.”