Germany is supplying weaponry to Ukraine to assist the nation in combating Russia, yet depend on Russian gas to function.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, some German politicians have openly stated that they misunderstood Vladimir Putin. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel has apologized, saying that it was a mistake to use trade and energy to establish bridges with Moscow. According to Nils Schmid, foreign affairs spokesman for Mr. Steinmeier’s Social Democrats (SPD), we have entered a new age of European security. Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s President, has criticized Germany’s ongoing dependence on Russian oil and gas.
Germany has agreed to penalize Russian energy imports but prefers a phase-out over an immediate embargo. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has urged Ukraine to acquire heavy armaments such as tanks or fighter planes. When pressed, Chancellor Olaf Scholz attempts to evade the subject, presumably fearful of losing his party’s support. Berlin has said that it is willing to supply whatever armaments Kyiv needs, but there are concerns that specific departments have bogged down in bureaucracy.