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Europe needs to prepare for new military threats - German Defense Ministry

Europe needs to prepare for new military threats - German Defense Ministry Photo: German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Europe needs to prepare for new military threats. It will take 5-8 years to restore defense capabilities, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius stated in an interview with Welt.

He suggested that the United States will be more involved in the Pacific region in the coming years. Therefore, American influence in Europe will weaken.

"This means that we, as Europeans, must strengthen our commitment to ensuring security on our continent. For example, the defense industry needs time to build up its capabilities. We now have about five to eight years to catch up in the armed forces, industry, and society," said Pistorius.

The German minister added that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is increasing weapons production in Russia. At the same time, his threats to the Baltic countries, Georgia, and Moldova should be taken very seriously.

"It's not just rattling weapons. By the end of this decade, we may face threats. But by that time, we will be ready for it," emphasized the head of the German Ministry of Defense.

Germany's position on Ukraine

Germany has become one of the countries providing assistance to Ukraine, offering military, political, and financial support. Berlin has provided several types of artillery, Leopard tanks of both older and newer modifications, air defense systems IRIS-T and Patriot, ammunition, vehicles, drones, and other types of weaponry.

Moreover, Germany has announced that it will double its military aid to Ukraine to 8 billion euros next year.

Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz has also become one of the European leaders helping Ukraine in European integration matters.