Estonia seeks permission from Germany to supply East German howitzers to Ukraine
Estonia wants to support Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and howitzers. Since the howitzers come from GDR stocks, Germany must also agree to the delivery. The demand for this puts further pressure on the central government.
D.The federal government has received a request from Estonia for approval to supply howitzers to Ukraine. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Defense in Berlin on Thursday evening said the request had been considered and “the sector is in the referendum.” The process should be coordinated with Finland.
Estonia has previously said it would send “dozens” of anti-Javelin anti-tank missiles and some 122 mm howitzers to Ukraine. Howitzers came from the GDR, then belonged to the Federal Republic and were sold to Finland in the early 1990s. So Finland and Germany must agree to supply guns to Ukraine.
The federal government has repeatedly refused to supply arms to Ukraine in the current conflict with Russia. Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit explained that the position was that “no deadly weapons were provided.” This rejection also applies to defensive weapons, which can be used as “deadly” – that is, deadly.
The United States, on the other hand, has been providing military assistance, thus complying with government demands in Kiev. On Thursday, it was announced that Washington had allowed the Baltic states to supply US-made weapons to Ukraine.
“What European allies need is to provide more security assistance to Ukraine in the coming days and weeks,” a US State Department official said in Berlin. The AFP news agency learned from another source familiar with the incident that permission had been granted at the urgent request of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
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