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Scholz calls for stronger Europe, marking Ukraine invasion anniversary.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has emphasized the critical need for Europe to strengthen its defenses against potential military threats from external sources, especially in light of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a podcast statement, Scholz stressed the importance of concepts such as deterrence and defense readiness, acknowledging that such terminology may seem unusual from a German Chancellor. He underscored the collective responsibility of Europe and its allies to demonstrate sufficient strength to deter any potential aggressor from initiating an attack.

As Europe’s largest economy, Germany has committed to increasing its defense spending to 2% of its GDP and plans to maintain this level of investment in the years to come, in line with NATO’s objectives.

Furthermore, Germany is engaged in discussions with allies such as France and Britain regarding the development of advanced precision weapons capable of long-range deployment, aimed at ensuring the efficacy of its deterrence strategy.

In response to Britain’s recent announcement of new sanctions against Russia, aimed at reducing President Vladimir Putin’s military capabilities and financial resources, Scholz reiterated Germany’s commitment to enhancing its military capabilities.

He also highlighted Germany’s significant 100 billion euro special military budget, established shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Scholz noted that a substantial portion of this budget has already been allocated to specific defense projects, demonstrating Germany’s proactive approach to bolstering its security measures.

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