During a meeting with fellow members of the Social Democratic Party, the German defense minister said that his country cannot protect itself in war because the German army is understaffed and does not have adequate equipment.
The German army is not capable of protecting the country against any offensive, said Defence Minister Boris Pistorius. He further alleged that the Bundeswehr is understaffed and under-equipped after being left neglected by the federal government for decades.
“We have no armed forces that are capable of defending [Germany] that is, capable of defending [it] against an offensive, brutally waged aggressive war,” German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said during a meeting with fellow members of the Social Democratic Party.
The minister claimed that the German army is understaffed and does not have adequate equipment as it has been neglected by the federal government for decades.
He said Germany will have to increase its investment in its military in order to be up to NATO standards.
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Last week, Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, the commander and highest-ranking officer of the German army, said the 100 billion euro previously promised by Chancellor Olaf Scholz would not be enough to make the country’s armed forces battle ready.
“The army that I have the duty to lead is more or less bare,” a report by press agency DPA quoted Mais saying.
Pistorius’ remark came within hours after chairman of German Armed Forces Association, Colonel Andre Wustner, in an interview to Bild claimed that only 30 per cent of approximately 300 Leopard 2 tanks in Germany’s stock are currently operational.
Last year, after China began its largest-ever military exercises in the area after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Germany sent its military to Asia to observe and counter China.
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