Ukraine conflict: Asselborn refuses to deliver weapons to Kiev

Status: 01/24/2022 11:18 a.m

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Asselborn is critical of arms deliveries to Ukraine in the conflict with Russia: the EU must “keep a clear path for diplomacy,” he said. Kiev’s mayor spoke of “betrayal of friends”.

In the Ukraine conflict, Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn spoke out against arms deliveries to Ukraine. “I think it’s really wrong to make it clear to people that this military superiority that exists between Russia and Ukraine, that it can now be balanced with weapons. I don’t think that’s working,” Asselborn said in the Deutschlandfunk.

In his opinion, a large majority in NATO wants to avoid a war – accordingly, one should not go into “war logic”. “Using the tools of diplomacy to make it very clear that a Russian invasion of Ukraine will not be accepted is the right way to go.”

Asselborn: The EU does not rely on military logic

Intervention in Ukraine will not be a victory for Russia. “We will then be thrown back years worldwide in terms of international diplomacy,” said Asselborn. “No one in the European Union relies on a military logic of its own. We have to keep a path free for diplomacy.”

The EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to connect via video.

CDU politician for arms deliveries

The CDU foreign politician J├╝rgen Hardt, on the other hand, called for German arms deliveries to Ukraine. When it comes to arms support, Germany should give up “its strict anti-stance”, Hardt demanded in the “Welt”.

“I think the demand for defensive weapons from Ukraine in Germany should be checked and, in certain cases, given a positive decision,” said the foreign policy spokesman for the Union faction. Ukraine had repeatedly asked Germany for arms supplies. However, Berlin has repeatedly rejected this.

Klitschko disappointed with arms ban

The mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, expressed his disappointment at Germany’s adherence to the arms supply ban. “This is failure to provide assistance and betrayal of friends in a dramatic situation in which our country is threatened by Russian troops on several borders,” Klitschko wrote in a guest article for “Bild”. Many in Ukraine wondered whether the German government was “on the side of freedom” or “on the side of the aggressor.”

Other states are already supplying arms to Ukraine. Yesterday, the United States sent the second shipment of arms to Ukraine as part of $200 million in military aid. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov wrote on Twitter that more than 80 tons of weapons had arrived from the United States. Other NATO countries, including Great Britain and the Baltic States, had recently announced arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Russia has massed around 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine. The government in Moscow rejects the accusation that it is preparing an invasion and, for its part, is demanding security guarantees from NATO.

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