German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reiterated his support for Ukraine and urged China not to supply arms to Russia. Speaking to the deputies of the Bundestag, he announced that the country’s defense budget would be increased to at least 2% of GDP.
Scholz recalled a special fund of 100 billion euros created after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, intended for the rearmament of the Bundeswehr.
Olaf Scholz, German chancellor: “My message to Beijing is clear: use your influence in Moscow to force the withdrawal of Russian troops, and do not supply weapons to the aggressor Russia.” “The question remains whether Putin is even ready to negotiate the return of these principles and a just world ? There is nothing to indicate this at the moment.”
On March 3, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden will hold talks in Washington. One of the main topics of the meeting, as reported, will be further support for Ukraine. The US and German leaders will also discuss cooperation on transatlantic security and challenges from China.