In view of the Ukraine war and the threat from Russia, the federal government is examining the establishment of a missile protection shield over federal territory.
According to information from the game of the day, the topic was raised during a consultation between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Inspector General Eberhard Zorn and Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht (SPD) on the use of the 100 billion euro special fund for the Bundeswehr. The “Bild am Sonntag” was the first to report that a kind of “iron dome” could be stretched, as in Israel.
The focus is on the Arrow 3 system from Israel, which would cost several billion euros. According to the report, Super Greene Pine missile radar systems would be set up at three locations in Germany. Their surveillance data would be reported to the center for air operations in Uedem (NRW).
If an attack were detected, an Arrow-3 would be shot down, which could, for example, intercept a Russian Iskander missile in space and destroy it there. The radar systems could also detect attacks for Poland and the Baltic States, so that a defense system could be set up together with these countries – which would also be a special vote of confidence.
The Kaliningrad exclave between Lithuania and Poland, which has been upgraded by Russia, is viewed with concern. It is a straight line of 530 kilometers from there to Berlin. Should there be a conflict with NATO, Kaliningrad would play a key role. An Iskander rocket hits Berlin less than five minutes later.
According to the newspaper, the system would cost two billion euros, according to information from security circles. Since it is available on the market, it could be operational as early as 2025.
The chairwoman of the defense committee, Marie-Agnes-Strack-Zimmermann (FDP), was open: “Ultimately, we have to deal with the Russian threat scenarios as quickly as possible. From this follows the military need and this may result in the corresponding procurement,” she told the Tagesspiegel. “So there are many different options that we have to discuss. Not driven by industry, but for military reasons.”
There is also openness from the SPD side. The main rapporteur on the budget committee for the defense budget, Andreas Schwarz (SPD), told the “Bild am Sonntag”: “We have to protect ourselves better against the threat from Russia. For this we need a Germany-wide anti-missile protection umbrella.” The Israeli Arrow 3 system is a good solution for this
More arms deliveries and serious allegations by the ambassador
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, has sparked new debates. The only person in the federal government who continues to enjoy unconditional respect from Ukraine and its ambassador in Berlin is Robert Habeck. Andriy Melnyk now distinguishes between those who are serious about Ukraine and those who, in his opinion, only pretend to be so.
The Greens leader at the time was severely scolded almost a year ago when he warned of an escalation in Ukraine, was at the front in eastern Ukraine and demanded preventive arms deliveries. Germany was in the election campaign, the conflict with Russia almost not an issue. Habeck’s warnings and demands fell flat.
Today, Habeck’s position is a government consensus – and the new Federal Minister of Economics is not giving up, now thousands more Panzerfaust and, as reported, other Strela anti-aircraft missiles from GDR stocks are being delivered. Habeck was the driver after the start of the war and called for a more courageous attitude, while Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) was still hesitant. And Habeck also shows openly how the whole thing affects him, he does not hide all his dilemmas in this war.
According to him, after the outbreak of war Melnyk had two encounters that could not have been more different. Habeck was with him, Melnyk reported to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. “Devastated and ashamed” because he allowed himself to be crushed into not supplying weapons for Ukraine’s self-defense.
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And then the ambassador was with Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). About this conversation – not a one-on-one conversation – the statements differ widely.
Lindner has not yet wanted to comment publicly, knowing that almost every word can be wrong in this situation.
According to Melnyk’s account, Lindner said that Ukraine’s fate was sealed anyway. “You only have a few hours.” Supplying arms or excluding Russia from the Swift banking system is pointless. Russia will soon install a puppet government in Ukraine. Melnyk speaks of the worst conversation of his life. But can Lindner leave it that way if it doesn’t correspond to the facts?
One of the indisputable facts is that even before February 24, the unthinkable becomes conceivable – like a missile shield. And in view of Russia’s difficulties with its war in Ukraine, further arms deliveries are being examined at all levels, including purchases on the world market – Habeck’s Ministry of Economics is responsible for this.
But for fear of Russian attacks on supplies, it’s all being treated as top-secret command.
“We have said that we will not comment in detail on the issue of arms deliveries here. As you know, the members of the Bundestag can see information about what has been delivered in the secret protection agency. But we do not comment publicly on it,” only recently emphasized the deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann.