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The German vice chancellor wants coalition unity before the vote on missiles for Kyiv

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The German vice chancellor wants coalition unity before the vote on missiles for Kyiv

German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck on Sunday called on the lawmakers of the governing coalition to avoid a contradiction in the vote on the supply of Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missiles to Ukraine. The opposition initiated the vote on this step, we inform you according to the DPA press agency.

“It does not make a good impression if the German parliament does not act together,” Habeck told the Welt television station. Habeck further appealed that “we should use the days until the planned Thursday vote wisely”. He hopes that by then it will be possible to “quickly provide additional military support to Ukraine”.

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With the help of the West, Ukraine has been resisting a large-scale Russian invasion for more than two years. However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, despite repeated requests from Kiev, has repeatedly ruled out the delivery of these missiles to Ukraine on the grounds that Germany could be drawn deeper into the war that the Kremlin started in February 2022.

Germany’s main conservative opposition, which consists of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister Christian Social Union, is preparing to submit a motion in the Bundestag calling on the government to send the weapons to Ukraine.

Habeck is calm about potential defectors from the three-party coalition – the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Union of 90/Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). “We’ve always had a few dissenting voices in various votes. The coalition deals with it well,” said the vice-chancellor.

There are indications that some members of the FDP and the Greens could support the opposition in the vote. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, who chairs the defense committee and is a member of the FDP, agreed to a similar proposal put forward by the opposition two weeks ago and said she would do the same this time.

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