Scholz reiterated that Ukraine should not rely on German planes: "That debate is frivolous"
The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today he repeated the position of official Berlin that Ukraine will not be supplied with the fighter jets it requires and warned that there must not be a fight and an arms race.
In interview for the German newspaper "Tagespiegel", Scholz said that in the coming period he will focus on the delivery of "Leopard" tanks to Ukraine, "BBC" reported.
"The fact is that we have just made a decision to send tanks, which is why it seems frivolous to me that a new debate is already starting in Germany about sending weapons to Ukraine," Scholz said.
On Wednesday, Germany committed to deliver 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine, following weeks of pressure from allies, while the US also decided to give Ukraine M1 Abrams tanks.
Two days later, the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Melnik called on the West to provide them with fighter jets – American F-16 and F-35, Eurofighter, Tornado, French Rafale and Swedish Gripen, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky added long-range missiles to that list.
Washington announced that on Thursday they will discuss the idea of delivering aircraft very carefully with Kyiv, while the request to deliver missiles has not been commented on, but it is known that America rejects it.
Scholz repeated today that NATO is not at war with Russia and said that the allies "will not allow such an escalation to occur".
He confirmed that he speaks regularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin and specified that they last heard from each other in December.
It is necessary to discuss, Scholz said and added that he has always sent a clear message that the attack on Ukraine is unacceptable and that this situation can only be resolved by the withdrawal of the Russian army.
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