Schulz: There is no point in sending weapons in Ukraine without training them

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday it was fair to ensure that the Ukrainian army was fully trained in the use of advanced weapons such as artillery. mobile Panzerhabitz 2000 before it was delivered.

Germany is increasingly criticized for its alleged delays in providing Ukraine with the weapons Kiev claims it needs to defeat Russian forces in its eastern part.

But Schulz said Ukrainian crews were currently receiving training in the use of “one of the most advanced military systems in the world” and that there was no point in handing it over until Ukrainian crews were in able to take advantage of it.

In another context, the newspaper “Bild am Sonntag” reported today, Saturday, that Schulz will travel to Kiev with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi before the G7 summit in late June.

The newspaper quoted the news from French and Ukrainian government sources. Neither the German government, nor the Elysée nor the Italian government have commented on the matter.

None of the three leaders has visited Kiev since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine last February.

Since the start of the war, Macron has tried to maintain dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But his position has been criticized by some partners and in the Baltic states because they see it as a weakening of efforts to bring Putin to the negotiating table.

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