German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Sunday, the allocation of a special fund for the German army worth 100 billion euros to be used in investment and armament projects, and said that Germany “will invest from now – year after year – more than 2% of GDP in our defense”.
Scholz also announced the construction of two liquefied gas stations in Germany in response to the Russian war in Ukraine.
On Sunday, the special session of the German Parliament “Bundestag” on Ukraine, which was called for by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, began.
At the beginning of the session, Parliament Speaker Purple Bass condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine, describing it as a clear violation of international law and an “attack on the principles of the free world”.
These are the “principles that are non-negotiable for Germany and for all democracies around the world,” said Bass, of Germany’s ruling coalition partner, the Social Democrats.
German lawmakers welcomed Ukraine’s ambassador, Andrei Melnik, with applause that lasted for several minutes.
Former German President Joachim Gauck hugged the Ukrainian ambassador, who was sitting next to him.
“We think of your fellow countrymen who are defending their freedom and democracy these days,” Bass said.
“We could see this war coming, but we couldn’t prevent it… It is very painful to have to admit that…Nevertheless, it was right to try through all diplomatic channels”.