New German Defense Minister: Our country is indirectly involved in hostilities in Ukraine

New German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine that his country is indirectly involved in the fighting in Ukraine.

He added: “The Ministry of Defense is a serious problem even in a peaceful, civil period and in a period when the Federal Republic of Germany is involved in the war, albeit indirectly.”

The minister said his ministry must adapt to the serious situation created by the conflict in Ukraine.

Germany actively provides Ukraine with military support: for example, in January, the White House announced that Germany would transfer Marder infantry fighting vehicles and a battery of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine. Servicemen of the Ukrainian army will also be trained in Germany.

Pistorius replaced German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, who resigned on January 16.

Pistorius is 62 years old. He previously served as Minister of the Interior for the federal state of Lower Saxony. He is a member of the same party as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Social Democratic Party.

Source: agencies

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