Scholz and Sunak agree on closer arms cooperation

As of: April 24, 2024 5:25 p.m

Wheeled tanks, artillery or fighter jets: Germany and Great Britain want to work more closely together on armaments projects in the future. Prime Minister Sunak’s visit to Berlin also focused on Ukraine and the “Taurus” issue.

During Rishi Sunak’s belated inaugural visit to the Chancellery 18 months after his appointment as Prime Minister, Germany and Great Britain agreed on closer arms cooperation. “In practical terms, we are doing this with a whole series of projects,” such as “a new artillery system and the ‘Boxer’ wheeled armored vehicle,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a joint press conference. This is about the wheeled howitzer “RCH 155”, which Germany and Great Britain want to “acquire, evaluate and optimize” together.

Also more cooperation between the armed forces

In addition, the Eurofighter/Typhoon fighter jet should be modernized. They also want to cooperate more on exports. Scholz emphasized that Great Britain also wanted to participate in the European Sky Shield Initiative air defense system launched by Germany. He was also optimistic that Great Britain would join the Franco-German-Spanish agreement on export controls.

In addition, “the interoperability of our armed forces should be further advanced,” according to a joint agreement between the two countries.

“A new chapter in the security relations”

Sunak said Germany and Britain had “taken greater responsibility for our collective security and today we are going even further by opening a new chapter in the security relationship between our two nations.” Both countries are committed to creating a new framework for our defense cooperation.

Sunak also praised German support for Ukraine. “One cannot ignore the fact that Germany, along with Great Britain, is Ukraine’s most important supporter,” said the conservative politician. He particularly highlighted Germany’s decision to deliver another “Patriot” air defense system to Ukraine.

With a view to the “Taurus” debate, Scholz stated that he would no longer agree to the delivery of precision bombs to Ukraine. The aid package for Kiev that has just been passed by the US Congress does not change this. As far as the “Taurus” is concerned, “my decision will not change,” said Scholz. Germany and Great Britain are among Ukraine’s most important supporters in the war against the Russian aggressors.

Georg Schwarte, ARD Berlin, tagesschau, April 24, 2024 5:47 p.m

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