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As the war in Ukraine continues, Olaf Scholz speaks at the World Economic Forum. The news ticker on war diplomacy.

Update from January 18 at 18:15: The European Parliament is calling on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to clear the way for the delivery of Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine. The chancellor should “without further delay” initiate a consortium of countries that can provide such tanks, according to a motion by the Greens, which was approved by lawmakers in Strasbourg on Wednesday with a large majority. Shortly before Ukraine’s Western allies discuss further arms deliveries at Ramstein in Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday, the pressure on Scholz to make a decision on this issue continues to mount.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, however, the Chancellor has not yet indicated any trends. He again pointed out that Germany, along with Britain and after the US, is already one of the biggest suppliers of arms to Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia. “We will continue to be very supportive,” he promised. Germany will deliver weapons as long as it is needed. However, even when asked, he avoided the word “Leopard 2 tank”.

Selenskyj criticizes everyone: “You must not doubt again”

Update of January 18 at 17:20: In this record, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyj, speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He begins his speech with a minute’s silence for the victims of the war and reminds the Minister of the Interior of him, who died today in a helicopter crash.

He then called on the world community to wholeheartedly support the war-torn country. “The world must act faster than Russia,” says Zelenskyj. “The world hesitated when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. It must not doubt again.” Zelenskyj describes Putin as “our common enemy” and says: “We will end this war.”

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via video link to participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via video link to participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. © Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Update from January 18 at 16:25: Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos about the Ukrainian war and possible German tank deliveries. Germany is “one of the biggest supporters” of Ukraine and will continue to support the country in the war against Russia. In addition to “humanitarian and military aid”, they want to do more.

The German government will continue to discuss the events of the Ukrainian war in close consultation with France, the United States and Great Britain. But he wants to make sure the conflict doesn’t escalate into a war between Russia and NATO, Scholz said.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) at the World Economic Forum in Davos. © Markus Schreiber/dpa/AP

Negotiations in the Ukrainian war: Söder demands deliveries of German tanks

Update of January 18 at 3:00 p.m.: Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU party leader Markus Söder has come out in favor of supplying German Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. “Germany has decided to supply weapons. You can’t really explain to me why one tank shouldn’t be a problem, but another one should be,” Söder said on Wednesday in Kloster Banz near Bad Staffelstein on the sidelines of the closed-door session of the CSU parliamentary group. The 56-year-old did not rule out a third term there.

Ukraine’s Defense Contact Group met on Friday at the US base in Ramstein to discuss aid to the country attacked by Russia. The new Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius (SPD), will participate for the first time on behalf of the federal government.

Update on January 18 at 1:40 p.m.: Pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in arms debate: The European Parliament has called on Germany to hand over Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. MEPs approved a Green motion by a large majority. The EU institution requires Scholz to “initiate a European consortium of relevant European countries to deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine without further delay”, as the document literally says. The text was proposed by the German Green Party politician Reinhard Bütikofer. The move is considered unusual, especially since the request was made by a member of the Greens involved in the federal government.

Arms delivery to Ukraine: Netherlands provides Patriot defense system

Update from January 18 at 12:30: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced that he will send a Patriot system to Ukraine. Rutte said in a joint speech with US President Joe Biden in Washington that they “intended” to follow the US and Germany in deploying the missile defense system. “I think it’s important that we join that and I also discussed this with Olaf Scholz from Germany this morning,” he said. The United States and Germany have promised to supply Patriot systems to Ukraine in recent weeks.

Negotiations in the Ukraine war: Lavrov calls Zelenskyj’s peace plan “ridiculous”

Update January 18 at 11:30 am: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the plan proposed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a peaceful solution to the Russia-Ukraine war “is out of the question.” This is reported by the Russian state agency. cup.

“Zelenskyy came up with some absolutely ridiculous initiatives, a 10-point plan in which he squeezed everything he could: food security, energy security, biosecurity, withdrawal of Russian troops from everywhere, repentance of the Russian Federation, a court, sentencing, etc.” Lavrov is quoted as saying. About him Selenskyj had a corresponding negotiation plan for the G20 summit in Bali He suggested. For Moscow, however, talks in these circumstances have not yet been a problem.

Lavrov also blamed the United States for the war in Ukraine. Washington would prepare for a hybrid war against Russia. The Russian foreign minister also compared US actions to those of Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Ukraine War Negotiations: US Sends Ammunition to Ukraine

Update January 18 at 10:40 am: According to a media report, the US Department of Defense wants to deliver ammunition stored in Israel to Ukraine. As the New York Times reported on Wednesday, the Pentagon is currently preparing to transfer weapons into the country under Russian attack. About half of the 300,000 artillery shells destined for Ukraine have already been shipped to Europe.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the German Press Agency (dpa)that equipment stored in Israel was handed over to US forces at the request of the US a few weeks ago. According to the information, Israel had previously expressed concern. The country feared that supplying shares to Ukraine could jeopardize relations with Russia.

According to the media report, US arms stockpiles in Israel were established in 1973 in the Yom Kippur War, which Egypt, Syria and other Arab countries waged against Israel. The reserves were used to supply US forces in the Middle East. In addition, Israel was able to draw on a part in an emergency, he said. Therefore, the US government has promised to replenish stocks.

Negotiations in the war in Ukraine: Putin wants to give a speech

First report of January 18: Moscow – The Ukrainian war has been raging in Europe for almost eleven months. There is still no end in sight. According to the US Institute for War Studies (ISW), the head of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin to announce a second wave of mobilization soon, possibly even at the performance scheduled for today in St. Petersburg. It is not yet known when or where Putin will deliver his speech.

The think tank cites, among other things, Russian military bloggers. Also the Ukrainian and Western secret services. repeatedly warned against Putin’s mobilization preparations by mid January. Putin could also use the opportunity to declare war on Ukraine, according to the latest ISW report. In Russia the invasion is called a “military special operation” in official parlance. Public use of the term “war” is punishable by criminal law.

Russia demands UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Meanwhile, a Russian UN envoy announced that Moscow would respond harshly to criticism of its invasion of Ukraine and hold an informal panel meeting to outline its position. In a post on Telegram, Russia’s top diplomat Dmitry Polyansky criticized UN members taking an “anti-Russian” stance “once a month” during discussions of the Ukraine war.

Polyansky also wrote that on Friday (January 20) there will be a meeting of the so-called “Arria Formula” in the Security Council, which will deal with the bombing of Donbass in December. “There will be speakers and interesting facts,” the diplomat said. Arria meetings are an informal and interactive format for meetings of the members of the Security Council.

Ukrainian War: Focus on Davos

Today, however, the focus is first on Davos, where this afternoon Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz (3:45 pm) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj (5:00 pm) will address businessmen and heads of state and government. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is expected to participate in a panel discussion. (cs/nak with dpa)

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