WSJ learned about Germany’s refusal to allow Estonia to supply howitzers to Ukraine

WSJ: Germany did not allow Estonia to transfer D-30 howitzers to Ukraine. We are talking about the supply of 122-millimeter guns produced in the Soviet Union and deployed in the former East Germany. After the reunification of Germany, Berlin handed them over to Finland, and the latter handed them over to Estonia =”WSJ learned about the refusal of the Federal Republic of Germany to allow Estonia to supply howitzers to Ukraine” />

Germany refused to issue Estonia a permit for the export of German weapons to Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal writes, citing Estonian and German officials.

Unlike the United States, Great Britain, Poland and other allies, the German government refused to export deadly weapons to the country directly, the publication points out. Berlin also did not allow Estonia to send artillery to Ukraine because the guns “come from Germany”.

“The principle governing the export of weapons is always the same” regardless of whether it comes directly from Germany or third countries,— and no permission has been issued at this stage,— said a German government official. The Estonian cabinet, in turn, reported that they still expected to convince Germany. “We hope we get German approval,” — said Advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Republic Cristo Ann Vaga, noting that Tallinn wants to help Ukraine in any way possible.

We are talking about the supply of 122-mm D-30 howitzers, the publication clarifies. They were produced in the Soviet Union and stationed in the former East Germany. According to Estonian, Finnish and German officials, after German reunification, Berlin handed over the artillery pieces to Finland in the 1990s, which then sent them to Estonia in 2009.

21 January The Estonian Ministry of Defense reported that the head of the department, Kalle Laanet, and his colleagues from Latvia and Lithuania, Artis Pabriks and Arvydas Anusauskas, agreed with the United States on the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Thus, Estonia will transfer to the country the American Javelin anti-tank missile system, and Latvia and Lithuania— anti-aircraft missile system Stinger.

The head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Alexei Reznikov, told the Financial Times last December that Germany was blocking the shipment of weapons to Kiev through the NATO Procurement and Procurement Agency. Because of this, the country will have to seek arms supplies through bilateral agreements with the United States, Great Britain, Lithuania and France.

As Bild wrote, citing sources, in the summer Angela Merkel, who was then Chancellor of Germany, personally spoke President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky that Berlin will continue to block arms supplies to Kiev through NATO, which it has been doing since spring.

However, by the end of Merkel's term, Germany's position has softened— presumably due to reports from the West about an impending “invasion” by Russia; to Ukraine. In November, Germany did not interfere with the decision to transfer drone detection systems to Kiev.

In addition, Germany refused to supply Ukraine with air defense systems, parts of anti-ship missiles and corvettes.

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