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Several NATO countries want to supply battle tanks to Ukraine. Moscow is not impressed. Meanwhile, Turkey wants to build a humanitarian corridor.

+++ 7:25 p.m.: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is in favor of Ukraine joining NATO in view of the Russian war of aggression: “Before this war I was against Ukraine’s entry into NATO because I feared that that would set the process in motion, which we are experiencing now,” the 99-year-old said Tuesday at the framework of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He now believes that the idea of ​​a “neutral Ukraine” no longer makes sense. Therefore, the Western defense alliance will give the country guarantees for membership after peace talks.

It is unlikely that Russia can win the Ukraine war by conventional means, Kissinger continued. The United States should continue its military support for Ukraine until there is a chance of a ceasefire. But there should be no war between the allies and Russia itself. Moscow must have the prospect of becoming part of the international system again.

Henry A. Kissinger / Presentation of the Henry_A._Kissinger Award on January 21, 2020 at the Great Orangery of Charlotte Palace
In view of the Russian war of aggression, Henry Kissinger is in favor of Ukraine joining NATO. (Archive image) © VISTAPRESS / Lana Yassi via www.imago-images.de

Negotiations in the war in Ukraine: Medvedev criticizes the discussion of tanks in Davos

+++ 16:51: Dmitry Medvedev, vice president of the Russian Security Council, finds it shameful that participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos are discussing the supply of tanks to Ukraine. This was reported by the Russian state news agency. cup.

“It is an embarrassing situation, to say the least. The forum in Davos is discussing … the supply of tanks to Ukraine, ”he wrote on Telegram on Tuesday. “We used to discuss other things in Davos. For example, about the economy and things like that,” Medvedev noted. According to him, “it is good that neither Russian nor Chinese businessmen are present this time.”

Duda requests support for tank deliveries

+++ 2:17 PM: At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Polish President Andrzej Duda campaigned to support the idea of ​​supplying Western-style main battle tanks to Kyiv. According to the PAP agency, the 50-year-old man said on Tuesday that there was hope that the latest attempt to hand over Polish Leopard tanks would open a “new chapter in military aid” for Ukraine.

Defense ministers want to meet

+++ 11:51 a.m.: Defense ministers from several European countries want to meet in Estonia ahead of new talks in Ramstein on Western military aid to Ukraine, which has come under attack from Russia. At a meeting on Thursday (January 19, 2023) at the Estonian military base in Tapa, the EU and NATO Baltic states, Britain and several other countries want to present their latest aid packages for Kyiv. These also included “heavy weapons Ukraine needs to counter Russian aggression,” the Defense Ministry said in Tallinn on Tuesday.

Ukrainian war: the exchange is imminent

Update for Tuesday, January 17 at 8:40 am: An exchange of people is said to be imminent in the Ukraine war. According to Şeref Malkoç, Turkey’s ombudsman, there is an exchange list with about 800 people from the Ukrainian side and about 200 from the Russian side. Report Turkish CNN according to the Turkey open a “humanitarian corridor” for the wounded and the elderly, as well as for women and children. the turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and again offered to mediate in the Ukraine-Russia talks.

Baerbock: Check Russian suspicion of genocide

+++ 18:20: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, has spoken in favor of examining the suspicion of genocide in the face of Russian attacks on Ukraine and its infrastructure. “In light of this brutality, in light of the war crimes and systematic crimes, in light of the crimes against humanity, we have to see to what extent this does not also take the form of genocide,” he said Monday. the green politician (January 16) during a joint appearance with the Dutch Foreign Minister, Wopke Hoekstra, in The Hague. He had previously met with representatives of the International Criminal Court.

Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in the US for Patriot training

+++ 17:20: As Germany continues to discuss the delivery of Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, a new phase of US military support has begun. Around 100 soldiers from Ukraine have landed in the US to be trained on the system. of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles. that reports a foxnews-Reporter on Twitter. In addition to main battle tanks, the Patriot system is seen as a potential game changer in the Ukrainian war.

Tank deliveries to Ukraine: pressure grows on Germany

+++ 15:39: International pressure on Germany to supply main battle tanks to Ukraine is growing. Ahead of new talks on Western military aid, due to take place on Friday at the US base in Ramstein, several decision-makers commented on the cautious role of the federal government. Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu said on Estonian radio on Monday: “For Germany, the decision to provide offensive weapons carries particular political weight. But the paradigm has to change so that Ukraine can not only defend itself, but win.” advantage”.

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg spoke with the handelsblatt in the subject. Asked if Germany needed to move now, he replied: “We are in a crucial phase of the war. We are experiencing fierce fighting. Therefore it is important that we equip Ukraine with the weapons it needs to win.” Poland’s Prime Minister Morawiecki also called on the federal government around Olaf Scholz to end the faltering action (see 11.27 am update).

+++ 13:02: In view of the planned delivery of main battle tanks to Ukraine, Russia is not impressed. “These tanks are burning and they will burn,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday (January 16). According to him, the long-discussed arms deliveries do not change anything about Russia’s military approach. “The military special operation will continue,” he said. The plans would “only prolong this story.” Until now, Great Britain and Poland had announced that they would supply tanks to Ukraine.

Dispute over tank deliveries: Morawiecki travels to Berlin for talks

Update for Monday, January 16 at 11:27 am: Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wants to make the delivery of Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine a topic during his visit to Berlin. He confirmed it before leaving on Monday. The important thing is to stop doubting and focus on real support, he said. He wants to talk to representatives of various parties about this.

Poland had already announced last week that it wanted to deliver Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine itself. However, Germany also plays a key role here, as military equipment is produced here. Morawiecki conceded that Berlin would therefore first have to approve a Polish handover to a third party.

First report on Monday, January 16 at 10:05 a.m.: Kyiv/Berlin: Pressure is growing on the federal government to deliver tanks to Ukraine. Only recently was France advances in the supply of armored personnel carriers, after which Germany followed suit. Now it is the British who are putting pressure on the other NATO partners. In just 14 weeks, Britain wants to send Challenger 2 main battle tanks to the war-torn country to fight against Russia Defend. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he wanted to “encourage allies” to launch their planned 2023 support for Ukraine “as soon as possible for maximum impact.”

Tanks for Ukraine: CDU politician calls for the return of Qatari tanks

In Germany, the discussion about the delivery of the Leopard 2 main battle tanks is further fueled by this initiative. Over the weekend, the Ukrainian ambassador, Oleksii Makeiev, urgently called on the federal government to start the relevant processes quickly. However, the Rheinmetall armaments group noted that it would take around a year to repair the old Leopard 2 tanks.

Therefore, the CDU foreign politician Roderich Kiesewetter is looking elsewhere for military equipment. He now demands the return of the tanks that were delivered by Germany to Qatar for use in the Ukraine, as he says. Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Monday. This is not the Leopard 2, but an anti-aircraft tank of the Qatar type. “The cheetah has proven itself in action,” Kiesewetter said. “We should do everything that can contribute to the victory of Ukraine” (vbu with dpa/afp)


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