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Unlike other NATO members, including the US and UK, Germany has refused to provide weapons to Ukraine amid tensions with Russia. The news report claimed that Berlin has also declined to allow a third country to send weapons to Ukraine because the weaponry originated in Germany, according to Estonian and German officials.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: “Germany, they have a lot of hesitation to deliver to us.”
German officials said the impasse results from a longstanding policy regarding arms exports to tense regions.
A German government spokesman told the publication: “The principle governing arms exports is always the same—whether they come directly from Germany or from third countries—and no permission has been issued at this stage.
“It is not possible to estimate the outcome of the process at this moment,” he added.
Germany has blocked NATO ally Estonia from offering military support to Ukraine (Image: Getty Images)
Unlike other NATO members,including the US and UK, Germany has refused to provide weapons to Ukraine (Image: Getty Images)
An Estonian government official said that his government is still trying to persuade Germany to change its mind.
Kristo Enn Vaga, adviser to the Estonian defense minister, said: “Hopefully we will get the approval from Germany.
“Estonia has shown that we want to help Ukraine in practical terms in any way we can.”
Estonia is lobbying for Germany to change course so that it can send Ukraine D-30 howitzers.
The comments come after Estonia’s Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas said that the country was in talks with its allies to increase the presence in the country “to act as a deterrent” to Russia.
Berlin has also declined to allow a third country to send weapons to Ukraine (Image: Getty Images)
She said last week: “The Baltic states are a NATO peninsula and therefore we have our worries.”
The Soviet weapons were left in Germany after its reunification before being exported to Finland and later Estonia, The Wall Street Journal report said.
According to the news report, in the last few weeks, Estonia has sought permission from Berlin to send artillery units to Ukraine, which is required under German export laws, officials have said.
Germany is one of the world’s largest arms exporters and ships weapons to non-allied countries such as Egypt and Pakistan.
Speaking Thursday on BBC newsnight, Fiona Hill, former US National Security Council Europe and Russia director, was asked whether certain European powers, in particular Germany, were politically compromised by it’s support for the Gazprom pipeline from Russia.
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Estonia is lobbying for Germany to change course so that it can send Ukraine D-30 howitzers. (Image: Getty Images)
Germany is one of the world’s largest arms exporters and ships weapons to non-allied countries (Image: Getty Images)
Ms Hill agreed and said: “The more we fight about these things the more we have these disagreements even just fighting about what Vladimir Putin is going to do.
“That plays exactly into the game that Putin is playing and he keeps changing the terms of the game.
“At every point he seems to be heading in the direction he wants to.
“He’s a unitary actor, that’s his big advantage and we really need to get our act together.”