Almost 700 million euros have been earmarked for arms deliveries to Ukraine in the next budget. The foreign and defence ministers are demanding more than three times as much.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) are demanding significantly more money from Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) for the coming year in order to provide military support to Ukraine. The two ministers have a special fund for weapons aid in the amount of 2.2 billion euros in mind. Only with this budget, they wrote in a letter on Thursday, could Germany “concretely and visibly assume the responsibility that our international partners expect of us.”
Right at the beginning of the letter, the ministers criticize the fact that only 697 million euros have been planned in the 2023 budget in the so-called “training title”. In 2022, the government had financed direct arms deliveries from the arms industry to Ukraine or the so-called “ring swap” from the pot. According to Baerbock and Lambrecht, this pot “proved to be the central financing instrument” for arms aid. For example, Berlin paid for the tanks that the Czech Republic or Greece had received to replace older systems that they had previously supplied to Ukraine.