German Defense Minister Pistorius warns Ukraine war could expand

Boris Pistorius, German Defense Minister

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# 19 January 2024 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius warned that the war between Russia and Ukraine could expand beyond its current scale, APA reports citing Deutsche Welle.

"We hear threats from the Kremlin almost every day — most recently again against our friends in the Baltic states," Pistorius told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

With regard to the Bundeswehr, the minister emphasized: "We must quickly strengthen our defense capabilities in light of the urgency of the threat situation."

"We have to take into account that [Russian President] Vladimir Putin might even attack a NATO country one day," added Pistorius, who reached his one-year anniversary in the role on Friday.

The defense minister speculated that a war between Russia and NATO would not happen for another "five to eight years" from now.

But he said it was necessary to "shake up our society" to become "war-ready."

At the same time, Pistorius rejected calls for more German military aid for Ukraine, saying the Bundeswehr could not go "all in" and leave Germany "defenseless."

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