German Vice Chancellor backs Scholz, rejects idea of sending fighters to Ukraine

German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck. – Michael Kappeler/dpa

The Vice Chancellor of Germany, Robert Habeck, on Wednesday rejected the idea of sending German fighters to Ukraine in the framework of the Russian invasion of the territory and stressed that «right now it is necessary to deliver ‘Leopard’ tanks as soon as possible», words with which he supported the position of the Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

«I don’t think it’s right to supply fighter jets to Ukraine. And not right now, but in general», he has asserted in declarations to the television channel ZDF. He explained that since the invasion began, assistance to Kiev has had to be approached in a balanced way».

In this sense, he stressed the importance of «not taking Germany and the whole of Europe to war». «Of course, it is not entirely clear where the line should be drawn,» he pointed out.

«Right now we have to send tanks, but nothing more than that,» he has asserted before stating that «there is a difference between battle tanks and naval equipment or fighter planes.» «In my opinion, we must understand this difference,» he added.

Recently, both Scholz and German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius have indicated that Germany «will not supply fighters to Ukraine» despite the request of Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski, who is now asking the international community for fighter jets and long-range missiles.