Talks Between German and Russian Leadership

On Friday, December 2nd, Russian President Putin spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz over the telephone for over an hour. It was the first such communication between the two leaders since September. Scholz voiced his intent to support Ukraine monetarily and with military weapons. Putin condemned Germany for “flooding” his enemy with those weapons. Unfortunately, the two world leaders found little common ground during their call.

According to Mr. Scholz’s spokesman Steffen Hebestreit and as reported in the New York Times (NYT), the German leader urged Russia to seek a diplomatic resolution to his war of aggression. He also denounced the Kremlin for its attack on Ukrainian infrastructure and especially its attacks on the civilian population.

Berlin has not been quick to provide Ukraine with offensive weapons and has been known to be hesitant in its commitments from time to time. The global community has quickly criticized them for their initial resistance to imposing sanctions on Russian energy. Historically, they’ve tried to keep their warlike posture to a bare minimum since the end of World War II. Recently, however, they have been ramping up their support. In the past week, they have provided Ukraine with the following:

  • 30 Ambulances
  • Mi-24 spare parts
  • 14,000 cold-weather sleeping bags
  • 65 border protection vehicles
  • Ten unmanned surface vessels
  • 3 Biber armored bridge layer

    photo of bridgelayer tank
    The Biber (sometimes called Beaver) is a combat engineering vehicle that carries and deploys assault bridges to aid ground troops in crossing streams and other obstacles on the battlefield. Image from military-today.com

That might not sound like a ton of equipment, but keep in mind that recently Germany has also provided Ukraine with the following as well: