Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint press conference with European Council president in Kiev on March 3, 2021. (SERGEY DOLZHENKO / POOL / AFP)
BERLIN – Germany on Tuesday rejected calls for arms deliveries to Kyiv, after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked Berlin for assault rifles, radio equipment and armoured vehicles.
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“I am convinced the conflict (in eastern Ukraine) can only be resolved by political means,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told journalists ahead of a video conference with his NATO counterparts.
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“This will remain the guideline of our engagement with Ukraine, and there will be no change: Arms deliveries won’t help,” he added.