World: Kiev wants air demares and warships: the traffic light is arguing about weapons exports - but Ukraine already has allies

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The government is undoubtedly whether Germany should not deliver at least protective equipment to Ukraine. Help is already looking for the country in Turkey.

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The contradiction came promptly: he criticize the "public competition for sharpest sanction threats, even weapons deliveries to Ukraine as an irresponsible speolling," wrote the SPD member of parlia Ralf Stegner on Twitter. Thus, there are now within the traffic light coalition open dispute over Ukraine policy.

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For shortly before Stegner's calculated loss of use, the FDP Defense Expertin Marie-Agnes Strack Zimmermann had brought a delivery of "defensive weapons" as a possibility to support Ukraine. The government in Kiev for a long time for a long time and since recent escalation with emphatically German weapons deliveries.

But even within the FDP there was no support for Strack Zimmermann's position on Wednesday: The foreign policyman Alexander Graf Lambsdorff referred to the war-weapon control law, which prohibits weapons deliveries in crisis and war areas, and on the coalition agreement.

Lambsdorff's Conclusion: "Support for Ukraine Yes, but with equipment support, not weapons deliveries". From the point of view of the FDP Bundestag MEP, the delivery of protective vests, helmets, radar and night vision devices is conceivable. About such equipment help the traffic light coalition would find a consensus relatively quickly, believes Lambsdorff.

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But on the Wish list of the government in Kiev are just no protective helmets, but warships and air defense systems . Great Britain delivered light anti-tank weapons to Ukraine at the beginning of this week.


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The USA has been supporting the country for a long time with armaments goods, including anti-tank weapons. Several US senators told more help this week in Kiev. France also announced a delivery of weapons together with the United Kingdom, the USA and Lithuania.

That the government in Kiev despite the help from other states still hopes on German air defense systems, it has to do that the Ukrainian Luftwaffe is well equipped compared to the Russian. Much of the war technique used by Ukraine in this field is still from Soviet sites.

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This brings the country a double disadvantage: On the one hand, the equipment is outdated, on the other hand, the Russian military is familiar with the shots and defense systems and could quickly turn off Ukrainian air positions. That's why Ukraine wants to modernize your arsenal until 2030.

drone supplies from Turkey and "Expansion of cooperation"

A partner of Ukraine is Turkey. Already since 2018, Ukraine buys the Turkish drones Bayraktar-TB2. You can use both to enlightenment, ie observation of crisis areas, as well as in combat will, among other things, also supported Azerbaijan in the mountain Karabak conflict against Armenia 2020 and helped the country to a strategic advantage.

A few weeks ago, the Ukrainian Presidential Chief Andrij Jermak announced that Ukraine cooperation with Turkey To build the Ukraine to produce engines for the Turkish drones.

"In case of war, a armor exporter such as Turkey could of course be interested in a further trade with Ukraine," says Ulrich Kühn, peace researchers at the University of Hamburg. Especially Turkey is not so restrictive regulations as well as Germany or the EU. The same At the same time, the scenario of a war was so dynamic that predictions are difficult to do so.

"At the end is certain: there are no defensive weapons," says the security expert. Because a weapon could always be used for defense and attack.

The Battle for the Future of the West .
The real prize in Ukraine is the end of American influence in Europe.For so long, many people in Europe, including the U.K., have comforted themselves with platitudes that “hard power” no longer matters, that spheres of influence are outdated, and, even, that geopolitics itself has become somewhat passé. Then Russia sent 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border. Suddenly playtime was over and once again the future security of Europe was being decided by someone else, somewhere else.

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