“Your main mission is to defend freedom in Europe,” especially in the face of the Russian threat, the chancellor added, addressing the Conference of the German Armed Forces
Germany is the most populous nation, with the greatest economic power and is located at the center of the continent, which is why “the German armed forces must become the cornerstone of conventional defense in Europe and the best-equipped force in Europe,” said chancellor Olaf Solz and emphasized that the main mission of the Bundeswehr is to defend freedom in Europe.
Speaking at the German Armed Forces Conference in Berlin, Mr. Scholz pointed out that the Bundeswehr it must return to its core mission of national and allied defense.
“All other tasks must be subordinated to this,” he said, referring to the work of the armed forces in providing humanitarian aid, dealing with natural disasters and even vaccination during the pandemic.
“A good army like the Bundeswehr should be able to do all that, but that’s not your primary mission! Your main mission is to defend freedom in Europe,” especially in the face of the threat from Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the chancellor added.
“Putin’s Russia – we are preparing for this in NATO – is currently the biggest threat to our Alliance (…) A former defense minister of Germany he may have thought that we are surrounded only by friends” he underlined and spoke of a “strongly armed nuclear power which is trying to redraw the borders in Europe by force and only someone who does not listen and read the media can doubt that” .
Mr. Scholz also referred to Germany’s determination to take leading responsibility for the continent’s security, but also to the need for a stronger role for Europe within NATO. To this end, he continued, a review of German arms system export regulations is necessary.
Those in place, he said, hinder European cooperation in the field, as jointly developed weapons for export are subject to strict rules – to the chagrin of some countries – partners with looser regulations.
“Stronger cooperation in the field of armaments would be possible if – and this is an absolute condition – we succeed in revising our national reservations and regulations on the export and use of jointly manufactured defense systems,” noted the chancellor and specifically mentioned that ” some may be surprised, but the federal government is ready for this”
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