Germany has exhausted the weapons it can provide to Ukraine from its stocks, but will work with private military equipment makers to help Kyiv with its requirements, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday.
“We intend to pay for these deliveries,” Scholz told a news conference in Berlin.
“Weapons with substantial impact” have already been delivered to Ukraine, he said, adding that Germany will help work with arms manufacturers to provide Kyiv anti-tank and air defense weapons.
“We are ready to make things possible (for Ukraine),” he added.
On Friday, Scholz said his government will boost the country's military assistance spending in 2022 to $2.16 billion, of which a large share of which will go to Ukraine.
Scholz has been criticized by his coalition partners and the opposition for his "indecision" and "lack of leadership" in the face of the Ukrainian demands for heavy weaponries to combat the Russian aggression.
The German chancellor said he agrees with the assessment of Ukraine’s allies that “Russia may not win this war.”
He called on Moscow to “stop the bombardment of the Ukrainian cities and enable a ceasefire immediately.”
“Withdraw your soldiers from Ukraine and conduct serious negotiations with Ukraine. Stop this horrible war,” Scholz demanded.