As the Russian invasion of Ukraine entered the 52nd day, Russia accused Germany of carrying out military biological activities in Ukraine. During an interview with the Russian state-controlled television channel RT, the director of the information and press department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, claimed that since many years, not only the United States, but also Germany have undertaken biological military activities in Ukraine.
Moreover, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry went on to say that it is possible that Germany will continue to apply it even now. Maria Zakharova also claimed, “in many ways, this is what motivates Berlin to show increased activity in attempts to attribute to our country criminal plans for the use of biological and chemical weapons on Ukrainian soil. “, according to the media.
Germany to provide one billion euros in military aid to Ukraine
On top of that, the remarks came as the German government announced it was providing more than €1 billion in military aid to war-torn Ukraine. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner revealed on Friday that the government had agreed to increase foreign defense aid to 2 billion euros. He indicated that a significant part of the funding will go to help the Ukrainian army in its fight against Russia. Linder said in a tweet that “the funds will greatly benefit Ukraine”, pointing out that Chancellor Olaf Scholz had “requested this at an early stage”.
The German government has even pledged to reduce its dependence on Russian natural gas in consideration of Moscow’s aggressive military action against Ukraine. Berlin, in particular, is currently looking at ways to increase LNG supply to major exporters like Qatar, the United States and Australia. However, Germany currently lacks import ports to accept the gas, which is delivered by ship, and building a permanent facility would take three to four years, according to media reports.
Apart from that, Germany is giving Ukraine up to 50 Leopard 1 tanks and nearly 60 Marder-type armored personnel carriers to equip its forces against an imminent Russian attack on Ukrainian territory. Rheinmetall, a German military equipment company, will supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with Marder infantry fighting vehicles by the end of 2022, according to Berlin newspaper Bild.