On Sunday, May 14, at a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit to Berlin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a new military support package worth more than 2.7 billion euros and promised close relations with Ukraine "for decades to come."

Scholz's main statements were reported on the official website of the German federal government.

The German chancellor said that his government would not refuse to support Ukraine and said that since the beginning of the war, Germany's comprehensive assistance has already amounted to 17 billion euros. "We have embarked on a course to provide this assistance in the coming years," he promised.

On the new defence assistance package

Scholz said Germany supports Ukraine in its defensive struggle with large supplies of weapons.

"We are not continuing our support: we have just decided to draw up a new package of military support worth 2.7 billion euros," the chancellor said, stressing that assistance will be provided for as long as it takes.

What's included in the new package

The website of the German government reported that the new support package includes, among other things, 18 wheeled howitzers, artillery ammunition, guided missiles for air defense systems, 4 IRIS-T SLM and 12 IRIS-T SLS launchers, 30 Leopard 1 A5 tanks and 20 Marder infantry fighting vehicles, more than 100 armored combat vehicles and more than 200 reconnaissance drones.

On the punishment of Russia

Scholz stressed that those responsible for this terrible war of aggression that continues in Ukraine must be held accountable.

"No country in the world is allowed to attack another country — nobody is allowed to kill, rob, kidnap children," he said.

On supporting refugees

"More than a million Ukrainians, mostly women, children and the elderly, have found protection here in Germany," the German chancellor said at a briefing.

According to him, German citizens are in full solidarity with people who fled from brutal attacks.

"This solidarity is long and strong," Scholz stressed and assured that this close bond would shape relations between Germany and Ukraine for decades to come.

To recap, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at a joint briefing with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin thanked for the largest security package since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion in the amount of 2.7 billion euros.

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