The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized the “remilitarization” of Germany, a vague allusion to the Nazi era.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday (June 3rd) criticized Germany’s plan to strengthen its army, saying it was part of a “remilitarization”, Reference to the Nazi period (1933-1945).
The government and the Conservative opposition in Germany reached an agreement in late May to violate the budgetary rules of the national constitution, in order to release 100 billion euros to modernize German forces in the face of the Russian threat. «We take this as further confirmation that Berlin has taken the path of further remilitarization. We know how it can endMaria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, said.
This seems to refer to the rearmament of Germany by the Nazis in the 1930s, which was followed by the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945) by dictator Adolf Hitler. The release of 100 billion euros for the national army is a major reversal for Germany, which in recent years has been dragging its feet to comply with NATO’s commitments in this area, regularly attracting lightning strikes. of the United States.
Germany, since the end of the Cold War, has significantly reduced its military strength from about 500,000 at the time of the country’s reunification in 1990 to just 200,000 today. Meanwhile, military officials regularly complain of breakdowns on their fighter jets, warships or tanks. The Russian offensive in Ukraine has been a shock to a country full of Nazi horrors.