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Ukraine crisis: SPD and FDP consider the delivery of protective equipment to be conceivable

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Ukraine crisis: SPD and FDP consider the delivery of protective equipment to be conceivable


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SPD and FDP consider the delivery of protective equipment to Ukraine to be conceivable

Status: 04:08 | 2 minute read A Ukrainian soldier walks in a trench at the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. President Joe Biden has warned Russia’s Vla…dimir Putin that the US could impose new sanctions against Russia if it takes further military action against Ukraine. (AP Photo/Andriy Dubchak) Source: AP/Andriy Dubchak The SPD politician Michael Roth and his FDP colleague Marcus Faber consider the delivery of helmets and protective vests to Ukraine to be possible. Green foreign politician Jürgen Trittin affirms that arms deliveries are not a solution in the Ukraine conflict. In view of the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the willingness to support Ukraine with certain military goods is growing in the traffic light coalition. “We agreed in the coalition agreement not to deliver weapons to crisis regions. The principle applies,” said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, Michael Roth (SPD) to the “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (“RND”). However, a discussion about “protective devices such as helmets and protective vests” is “conceivable”. The defense policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Marcus Faber, also told the “RND” that a delivery of helmets, protective vests and anti-drone defense to Ukraine must be considered. Amid the tensions, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) will travel to Kiev and Moscow early next week. According to Green Party foreign policy expert Jürgen Trittin, there is no guarantee of success for the delicate visits to Ukraine and Russia – he also opposes arms deliveries. “It remains to be seen whether the Russian Foreign Minister (Sergei) Lavrov is really interested in an exchange of views or whether he will only repeatedly present known positions,” Trittin told the “RND”. Baerbock will emphasize “that this conflict cannot be solved by supplying arms to a war zone”. Also read Union faction Vice Johann Wadephul described Baerbock’s trip as a litmus test for the minister. In view of Moscow’s threatening gestures, he expects Baerbock to “take a clear stance and make unmistakable announcements so that Russia can initiate a course of de-escalation,” he told RND. “She has formulated very high demands, especially in Russia policy, which she must now meet.” The chairwoman of the Defense Committee of the Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, said in the SWR2 daily talk that Ukraine has a great interest, a member of NATO to become. “She has been denied that so far,” said the FDP politician. But Russia lives “a bit in the past”. The world can no longer be divided into a Russian and a US bloc. Russian President Vladimir Putin lit the fire. “And we shouldn’t underlay any narrative that we (…) are the ones setting the fire here.” The head of the conservative EPP group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, called on the EU to take a unified stance in the crisis. The EU must be able to “react decisively” to a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the CSU politician told the Funke media group (Saturday). The federal government must take a clear stance on Putin. He accused “various” SPD leaders of relativizing Putin’s actions and thereby weakening Germany and the EU. “The fickleness of the SPD in particular must come to an end.”


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