Archive – Angriet Kramp-Karenbauer (CDU), Federal Secretary of Defense, offers voluntary military service in Heimatschutz, “Your Year for Germany” at a press conference. Photo: Kai Netfield / DBA
“The Russian armament and its war in Central Europe created real threats,” the Christian Democratic Union politician said on Saturday at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung talks in Konigsbrunn. “Whoever points to them is not anti-Russian. Anyone who points to this is dealing with an important political reality and taking effective precautions for our country and Europe. “
The defense minister accused Russia, among other things, of developing missiles “that could reach Germany without warning”. “This happened against the current arms control treaties, and in secret,” she said. In 2018, Russia only confirmed the stationing of Iskander missiles with a range of 500 km in the Kaliningrad region between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea after a long game of hide and seek. At the time, this was seen as a reaction to the stationing of NATO forces in the Baltic states.
Kramp-Karenbauer again assessed the current transfer of Russian forces to the border with Ukraine as a deliberate provocation. “Unfortunately, the Russian approach is not suitable for creating confidence, but it is clear that it should provoke reactions,” she said. The Minister of Defense praised Ukraine’s balanced response. “Because we don’t want to participate in this Russian game with Ukraine.”
Kramp-Karenbauer accused Russia of “increasingly identifying itself as the anti-liberal and anti-democratic anti-Western”. Other policy areas are subject to this position. Kramp Karenbauer said, “The spectrum of state action tools, undoubtedly used by Russia effectively, extends from sophisticated cyberattacks, arms exports, covert and open political influence, assassinations, and direct and indirect military participation.”