Scholz stressed again, during a press conference in Berlin, that Germany will support Ukraine “as long as necessary.” He also stated that “no matter how much German support there is, it will not be enough in the long term to guarantee Ukraine's security.”
– That is why I call on the allies from the European Union to increase their efforts to (support) Ukraine. The German Chancellor stressed that the handovers planned by most European Union member states are not sufficient.
He added that Berlin had asked the European Union to verify exactly what supplies the allies were planning for Ukraine, noting that perhaps not all of them were known.
The Chancellor expressed his belief that at the extraordinary EU summit scheduled for February 1, member states will adopt an aid package for Ukraine worth 50 billion euros. Reuter notes that this could not be done at the EU summit in December due to Hungary's opposition.
Reuter also points out that Germany, which was criticized in the first months of the Russian invasion for insufficient aid to Kiev, is now one of the main sources of this aid, both military and financial. At the end of last year, Berlin announced a doubling of military support for Ukraine to 8 billion euros in 2024.
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