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War with Russia: Germany fears defensive position

War with Russia: Germany fears defensive position Photo: In Germany, there are fears that it may be necessary to fight with the Russian Federation (Getty Images)

The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, Carsten Breuer, has emphasized the need to address deficiencies in the preparation of the German Armed Forces for the defense of the country and NATO, according to Tagesschau.

Breuer stated that he sees deficiencies in the modernization of the German armed forces for national and alliance defense.

"Right now we see the Bundeswehr, which is still not sufficiently equipped for this... Some structures make quick and targeted decisions almost impossible," said Breuer.

He noted that for many years, the Bundeswehr has been focused on resolving international crises.

However, despite Breuer's statement that this is now bearing fruit, as alliance and national defense issues are coming to the fore again, he is concerned about the "current armament buildup by Russia" and how Russian dictator Vladimir Putin positions himself.

He mentioned that the times preceding the extensive Russian invasion of Ukraine will not return, and Germany will have to get used to the idea that "one day we might have to wage a defensive war."

When asked whether the Bundeswehr could cope with a possible Russian attack on NATO after a possible end to the war in Ukraine, Breuer replied, "Yes, and that's it. We have no alternative. We can defend ourselves, and we will defend ourselves."

Assistance from Germany

Germany has become one of the countries assisting Ukraine by providing military, political, and financial support. Berlin has supplied various artillery pieces, Leopard tanks of older and newer modifications, IRIS-T and Patriot air defense systems, ammunition, vehicles, drones, and other types of weaponry.

Earlier, the German government announced that they are allocating 200 million euros to Ukraine. The funds will be used for Ukraine's reconstruction.

It has also been revealed that the second group of Ukrainian operators of the Patriot air defense system has completed training in Germany. Seventy Ukrainian soldiers and officers underwent training, which lasted for more than six weeks.

Furthermore, on December 9, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that Germany would support Ukraine in the war if others falter.