Scholz proposes a new air defense system for Europe – World – News

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to build a new air defense system together with his European neighbors. Such a system would be a security benefit for the whole of Europe, as well as a cheaper and more effective solution than the separate systems of individual countries, he said in a speech at Charles University in Prague on Monday.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Scholz did not mention the details. However, the initiative is a reaction to Russian aggression against Ukraine, which has been going on for more than half a year.

Germany will invest significantly in air defense in the coming years, Scholz announced. According to him, this plan should be designed from the beginning in such a way that European neighbors can participate in it. He specifically named the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and partners in Scandinavia.

Europe has “a lot of catching up to do” when it comes to defending against air and space threats, Scholz stressed. According to him, all new capacities in this area should also be applicable within the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO).

Funding for the investment could come from the 100 billion euros announced by Scholz to modernize and strengthen the German army in the coming years.

With regard to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the chancellor said that the EU’s goal is to ensure that there will never be a war between member countries again. Today, according to him, it is up to the Union to further develop this promise of peace – in such a way as to ensure its security, independence and stability against external challenges.

Source: Pravda – Správy by

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