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Germany Makes Historic Shift on Weapons to Ship Ukraine Arms

  • Policy change by Berlin reflects Scholz’s outrage with Putin
  • German stance rooted in World War II came under criticism
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Germany upended years of policy and agreed to supply Kyiv with weapons and consider ways to shut out Russia from the SWIFT financial messaging system, signaling the depth of outrage in Berlin at President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz, facing his first international crisis as Germany’s leader, signed off on providing Ukraine with 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles and 1,000 anti-tank weapons from German stockpiles. His decision sets aside traditional German restraint on arms exports to war zones, a policy rooted in the country’s legacy of World War II aggression.