In the first nine months of 2023, Germany approved arms exports worth more than in the entire last year.
This is reported by Spiegel.
According to the country's Ministry of Economy, in the first three quarters of this year, the federal government approved the export of military equipment to Ukraine worth 3.3 billion euros, making Kyiv the largest recipient of German weapons.
"Germany's continued support for Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression, which is contrary to international law, continues to be clearly reflected in the licensed volumes of arms exports," said Sven Giegold, State Secretary of the Economy Ministry.
According to the ministry, in 2022, German arms exports amounted to 8.35 billion euros, while in the first three quarters of this year, they already amounted to 8.76 billion euros.
This is the second-highest figure in the history of Germany. Only in 2021 was it higher - 9.35 billion euros. For comparison, during the 16 years of Chancellor Angela Merkel's rule, the six billion mark was exceeded only five times.
Author - Olena Madiak, 02/10/2023