Germany has approved the delivery of 400 RPGs from the Netherlands to Ukraine, the defense ministry in Berlin said, confirming a shift in policy after Berlin faced criticism for refusing to send weapons to Kyiv, unlike other Western allies.
“The approval has been confirmed by the chancellery,” a spokesman for the defense ministry said Saturday. The RPGs come from stocks of the German military.
Germany has a long-standing policy of not exporting weapons to war zones, rooted partly in its bloody 20th-century history and resulting pacifism. Countries aiming to onpass German weapons exports need to apply for approval in Berlin first.
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