FDP politician Faber criticizes appearance of Chancellor Schulz
Chancellor Schultz announced at a meeting of the Defense Committee that he would try to talk with Russian President Putin. A FDP politician was disappointed after the chancellor’s appearance.
DrFDP defense politician Markus Faber predicted a further appearance by Chancellor Olaf Schulz at the Bundestag Defense Committee on Friday. Today the chancellor had the opportunity to explain the government’s position in the Defense Committee. Unfortunately, at the end of the session, there were still many unanswered questions. I hope he answers them on his next visit,” Faber Welt said.
Faber contradicts reports that the FDP working group left the special session of the Defense Committee in protest. After the session ended, my colleagues and I left the committee meeting today. This is why no one feels ‘cheated’ and no one has filed a protest note, Faber said on Twitter.
According to the participants, Chancellor Schultz announced in the Defense Committee that he would try to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I heard, I heard clearly, that the chancellor also announced a new initiative to hold talks with Putin,” SPD defense politician Wolfgang Helmich said after the hour-long meeting with Schulz. The chancellor did it according to the motto: “Before May 9, it didn’t make sense, but we have to make a new attempt because we have to talk to each other.” Without communication channels, it would not be possible to find a solution to the conflict.
After the war began, Schultz contacted Putin several times, but then the communication was broken. In an interview with “Stern” last week, the chancellor said he last spoke to the Russian president four weeks ago. According to reports from the Federal Press Office, the phone call took place on March 30. “If there’s anything to discuss, I will call again,” Schultz said in the interview. “Our priority is clear: hostilities must end immediately.”
Defense Committee Chair Mary Agnes Strack Zimmermann (FDP) thanked Schulz on Twitter for the constructive exchange in the special session. And announced that other meetings would follow.
The Free Democratic Party (FDP) has demanded a coordinator for arms deliveries to Ukraine
Before Chancellor Schultz appeared in the Defense Committee, the FDP called for the appointment of a coordinator for the delivery of weapons to Ukraine. “There has to be someone who does,” said committee chair Strack Zimmermann. There is currently “a lot of misunderstanding” within the federal government about this. “I think you can make one of the other things a lot smoother so that the weapons can be delivered very quickly.”
Two days after the start of the war, the German government decided to supply Ukraine with weapons to fight the Russian attackers. In the meantime, the provision of heavy weapons is also authorized. To date, it has given the green light to 50 decommissioned Gepard anti-aircraft tanks and seven 2,000 self-propelled howitzers – heavy artillery pieces from the Bundeswehr stocks. However, the federal government has received more applications from the industry that have not been resolved for weeks. Rheinmetall has offered to supply 88 used but refurbished Leopard 1 main battle tanks and 100 Marder infantry fighting vehicles.
Responsibility for arms exports is divided among several ministries in the federal government. The Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection by Robert Habeck (Greens) is responsible for the export of industrial weapons. The Department of Defense in Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is responsible for deliveries of the Bundeswehr stocks. The State Department also participates in Annalena Baerbock (The Greens) as it provides assessments of the situation in the target countries.
The Federal Security Council, made up of several ministers and chaired by Chancellor Schulz, makes the final decision on exports of sensitive weapons. It meets secretly, but decisions about the delivery of arms can also be taken by the members of the council in the so-called deliberative procedure. Schulz arrived at the commission shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday. It is the first time that he answers the defense questions of the politicians of the parliamentary blocs.
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