Live Update: Russia’s War in Ukraine


Robert Habeck, federal minister for the economy and climate protection, leaves the chancellor's office after a meeting of the federal cabinet in Berlin, Germany, on January 25.
Robert Habeck, federal minister for the economy and climate protection, leaves the chancellor’s office after a meeting of the federal cabinet in Berlin, Germany, on January 25. (Image credit via Kay Nietfeld/Getty Images)

Germany’s decision to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine is “absolutely logical,” said Robert Habeck, the country’s economy minister and vice chancellor.

“Ukraine has been defending itself for almost a year against Russian aggression, which is against international law. It is defending its territorial integrity and its independence with a tenacity that impresses me anew every day,” Habek said in a statement.

“And I’m sure it’s our responsibility to support them with our European and international partners, especially the United States.”

Habeck said it was important to “weigh things carefully” before adjusting the level of support for Ukraine.

“The decisions we’ve made now are absolutely logical,” he said.

“In close cooperation with our partners, we are supplying battle tanks to Ukraine so that it can better defend itself against Russian aggression, and we are making this possible for our partners,” Habek added.

“Ukraine’s right to self-defense applies, and we strongly support it.”

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