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Slovenian PM blames delays in German arms shipment to Ukraine – EURACTIV.com

Instead of direct arms deliveries to Ukraine, Germany supplies arms via so-called “chain swaps”, where Eastern European member states deliver their Soviet tanks to the Ukraine in exchange for modernized weapons from German stocks.

After Germany was heavily criticized for slow deliveries, new Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob was partly to blame for the delays.

Delays in delivering arms to Ukraine under a chain-swap deal between Germany and Slovenia were due to the government formation process in Ljubljana, Golob said during a visit in Berlin on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately it dragged on a bit because there was a change of government going on here,” Golob said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after the pair held bilateral talks. during the inaugural visit of the new Slovenian Prime Minister to Berlin.

Golob and his government took office in early June, following Slovenia’s parliamentary elections in April.

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“But we have resolutely taken it up and have already sent a shipment of tanks to Ukraine,” he added.

The government in Berlin has recently been criticized for delays in following up on promised arms deliveries to Kyiv.

The first deliveries of heavy weapons arrived in Ukraine on June 21, after German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock earlier said the process could take “several months”, drawing heavy criticism from Ukrainian officials and of Western audiences.

Amid the backlash, the government in Berlin released its first comprehensive list of equipment it said it had already sent to Ukraine and pledged items, constantly updated ever since.

In the case of Slovenia, through an exchange agreement retaliated in aprilBerlin was to deliver German “Marder” and “Fuchs” tanks to Ljubljana in exchange for Slovenia shipping Soviet-era tanks to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Golob promised to speed up talks with Germany over future cooperation on arms deliveries, while Scholz agreed that “we will have to make rapid progress”.

The German Chancellor stressed that the two countries were united in the belief “that Ukraine will continuously need to receive comprehensive support to defend itself against Russian aggression”.

Meanwhile, as international support for Ukraine loses momentum, Germany continues to refuse to deliver high-tech tanks to Ukraine, betting instead on arms swaps from Eastern Europe. East, insisting that this approach was taken in close consultation with its transatlantic allies.