BERLIN, Feb. 13 (DPA/EP) –
The German government is contemplating the possibility of providing Ukraine with part of the aid requested by the country’s authorities, after several weeks of friction over Berlin’s refusal to respond to requests from Kiev to send military contributions.
Although Germany continues to rule out sending “lethal equipment” to Ukraine, it could provide other items on the “wish list” delivered by Kiev earlier this month, which includes, for example, demining equipment, protective suits, radios or night vision equipment.
“The list contains one or two things that we could calmly examine,” declared a German government source a few hours before the start this coming Monday of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Kiev.
Although Germany is not expected to provide material aid after the meeting between Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski, German government sources believe that Berlin could accept the preparation of a new installment of financial aid, which Ukraine has also requested.
The new German government coalition is extremely reluctant to send weapons abroad. Germany has been imposing an arms embargo on Russia since 2014 following the annexation of Crimea, for example, following the European Union’s sanctions policy.
However, an investigation by the ‘Welt am Sontag’ published this Sunday reveals that, after the annexation of Crimea, German companies continued to supply civil and military dual-use products to Russia on a large scale with the approval of the federal authorities.
In 2020, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa) issued 673 licenses for the export of these goods, destined for Russia, worth almost 366 million euros.
These items include machines that can be used in the production of weapons, technology for aircraft construction, or certain chemicals; a discrepancy that the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, has criticized this Sunday on Twitter as an example of “German hypocrisy”.