July 15, 2024

Berlin will increase military aid to Ukraine going forward, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced on Nov. 13.

During a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Baerbock addressed the ongoing crisis diplomacy concerning the Middle East, German newspaper Die Welt reports.

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“No matter the strength of current diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, it’s equally crucial that we face geopolitical challenges on the home front,” said Baerbock.

“Our support will see a significant increase, especially in the next year.”

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Baerbock also commented on Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s premature hopes for a reduction in EU support due to escalating conflicts in the Middle East: “Putin is celebrating too soon; we plan not only to continue our support for Ukraine but to expand and enhance it.”

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Earlier, Reuters reported sources claiming that Germany’s ruling coalition reached an agreement to double military aid to Ukraine to EUR 8 billion ($8.56 billion) in 2024. If approved by the Bundestag, Germany’s defense spending would increase to 2.1% of its GDP, exceeding the NATO minimum spending threshold.

Germany’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Martin Eger, informed that to defend against potential Russian attacks during the winter of 2023/2024, Ukraine will receive two additional IRIS-T air defense systems by the end of December.

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