Germany Rejects Ukrainian Request for Arms Deliveries

BERLIN (Reuters) -
Smoke and flames are seen during a military exercise in the training center of Ukrainian Ground Forces near Rivne, Ukraine, May 26. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Germany on Tuesday rejected calls for arms deliveries to Kyiv, after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked Berlin for assault rifles, radio equipment and armored vehicles.

“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.

“This will remain the guideline of our engagement with Ukraine, and there will be no change: Arms deliveries won’t help,” he added.