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Bild: Merkel personally refused to supply Zelensky with arms to Ukraine

MOSCOW, Dec 14. Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally blocked the supply of weapons to Ukraine through NATO, according to the German tabloid Bild, citing sources. Earlier, Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov accused the Merkel government of preventing Kiev from acquiring large-caliber rifles and shotguns to destroy drones through the Alliance Agency on Procurement and Procurement (NSPA). Berlin used its veto in May, according to Bild, to block the supply of American Barrett rifles and Lithuanian anti-drone rifles already paid for by Kiev. At the same time, the government of Merkel, according to the source of the publication, forced the Netherlands to support this decision, so as not to get the impression that “it was the only opponent of the sale.” In August, President Volodymyr Zelensky, as reported by Bild, personally asked Merkel during her visit to Kiev to remove delivery ban. However, the then chancellor, according to one of those present at the meeting, said in an “icy voice” that it was “out of the question.” “in the new German Chancellor” According to Bild, Berlin lifted its veto on the transfer of anti-drone rifles to Kiev only at the end of November, while the supply of American rifles is still blocked. As Reznikov said, Kiev will seek the acquisition of weapons under bilateral agreements with allies, for example, with the United States , Britain, Lithuania and France. In mid-November, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that “NATO countries must stop pumping Ukraine with modern weapons, thereby inspiring Ukraine to insane actions” – an attempt to solve their own problems by force. In early December, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the pumping of weapons in Ukraine is fueling Kiev's mood to sabotage the Minsk agreements on Donbass. pushing Ukraine to take aggressive steps


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