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The vote in Parliament’s lower house marks a complete reversal of the situation after it passed by 586 votes, 100 against, and seven abstentions for the first time for German news outlet DW.
Germany has faced criticism for its reservations about sending significant defensive support to Ukraine, and it is known to send 5000 helmets In the period leading up to the invasion.
Just last week, German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock claimed that the armed forces in Berlin said they were “no longer able to provide weapons from their reserves”.
German driving instead Pledge To provide training and spare parts for machines and to facilitate continued supplies of arms with other allies.
But Germany will now consider sending in anti-aircraft systems and armored vehicles as Russia looks to ramp up its offensive not only in Ukraine but suggests it may launch a campaign in neighboring Moldova.
German lawmakers also approved the deployment of heavy weapons and soldiers to NATO countries in the Eastern Bloc.
Some lawmakers, including members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, voted against the measure over concerns it could be interpreted as a declaration of war by Russia.
Likewise, members of the Socialist Left Party are reported to have referred to comments made by Chancellor Olaf Schultz regarding concerns that enhanced NATO support could escalate the conflict and cause a greater nuclear threat.
Thursday’s vote comes just two days after a summit at the US air base in Ramstein in Germany attended by 40 NATO allies and beyond, where German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht agreed to send tanks to Ukraine.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin defended the change of position and said he believed their heavy weapons would “provide a real capability for Ukraine”.
He said he would not speculate what Germany might agree to give Ukraine.
But the Secretary of Defense added: “Based on everything I have seen, in my interactions with the Secretary of Defense, and how focused she is on making sure she can do everything she can to help and work alongside our partners and allies, she will continue to look for ways to be relevant and provide a good capacity for the Ukrainians. And they continue to pursue this fight.”