Bundestag: Defense Minister Lambrecht answers MPs’ questions

1:41 pm: The green man will not give up. Asks about rescuers and paramedics on defense. “Strengthening paramedics within the military is important, and I take care of that. However, working with civilian forces such as civilian rescuers is not my responsibility.”

1:38 pm: Lukasin asked if Ukraine was planning to attack Russian territory. “We didn’t have to ask Ukraine for this, they said it explicitly. We are sure that Ukraine will use weapons only for defense.” MEP on Green Environment asks how Lambrecht wants to ensure that there is no conflict over the use of weapons between military and civilian forces. “Defending the country and the coalition is the primary mission of the Bundeswehr and not the civilian forces, and that is what I support as Federal Minister of Defense.”

1:36 pm: Alternative for Germany MP Rüdiger Lucassen asks for shipments of federal government shares. “We need weapons for training and other uses. If something becomes free, I can decide what to do with it. But I always have to keep an eye on what we need for national defense and what for alliance defense. At the moment I don’t see much room for maneuver.”

1:34 pm: The CDU guy asks about the use of the cheetah in Ukraine and names potential problems. He asks how should this be dealt with. “It is not out of my place to question Ukraine’s decisions on how to use the Panthers. If a fellow wants it and we can provide it, we will.” strong statement.

1:32 pm: An AfD man asks about ammunition and what happens when you run out. “Are we just going to let the tanks roll towards the Ukrainians or what?” Lambrecht reported that she asked her Ukrainian colleague if he even wanted a cheetah under the circumstances – he said yes. When asked, she again gave a ride, “What do you do with a cheetah. If you don’t set fire constantly, the ammunition will disappear after three days and the barrel will be broken. The task is to defend and shoot individual objects.”

1.30 pm: “The Cheetah is an anti-aircraft gun tank, the Marder is an infantry fighting vehicle, and the Inspector General knows this,” says a member of Parliament, “then asks about tank training.” Ukrainian forces train the Cheetah.

1:28 pm: Then a leftist deputy asked about the difference between tax and export. “What distinguishes the tax for Ukraine from exports in recent years?” “It’s not a distinction I had in mind,” Lambrecht says. “If the industry makes a request to provide something, it will be an export. The levy is the tax on our property, it is a tax.”

When it comes to nuclear deterrence, Lambrecht makes it clear: “That’s why we ordered the F35.”

1:26 pm: Lambrecht uses the following question about nuclear deterrence to research the ancestors who came from the Confederation. “That was one of the first decisions I made. That’s why we ordered the F35, my predecessors haven’t done that for a long time.” This serves as an alternative to the ‘hurricane that no longer flies’.

1:23 pm: The deputy asks what is the difference between a tank and a tank, why one is a tank and the other is not. “This is a military assessment by our advisors,” says Lambrecht. But she doesn’t seem to know that for sure. Lambrecht answered another question about the Security Council meeting and whether it took place, a little annoyed. “It is not always necessary to attend meetings, but also to trade,” she says.

1:20 pm: After Kubicki cautioned the minister to answer more briefly, Schwartz asked how MARS trains. “It’s going to start next week,” Lambrecht says. Then follows a request from the parliamentary group of the CDU. Why was it decided not to take decisions in the Security Council but at the administration level and why the Defense Committee and Parliamentarians were not informed. “Do you just want to advertise it on the website?” “The self-propelled howitzer is not an export of weapons, but a tax, so it was not necessary to take a decision on this in the Security Council,” says Lambrecht. Otherwise, you will be notified as usual.

1:17 pm: The next question from the SPD man Stefan Schwartz is about the training of self-propelled howitzers now offered by Germany. “It’s a computerized weapon,” says Lambrecht. “The training includes, among other things, the language, because it was in German and now it is in Ukrainian, but it also works in a group. So it was right that we insisted on training Ukrainian soldiers. There was a smart tip “Create a hotline or a YouTube video” – That’s ridiculous. These soldiers should be able to use weapons to protect themselves and others.”

1:14 pm: CDU’s Jürgen Hardt denied the latest statement. “As far as I know, the barrel of a leopard is thicker than the barrel of a marten,” he begins, then asks a question about the exchange of rings. “Can you explain that in more detail?” Lambrecht refers to your statement at the beginning and then says that there are currently negotiations with Poland, Slovakia and others. However, she does not want to publicize these negotiations. “So far we have successfully exchanged rings with Slovakia?” asks Hardt. Lambrecht answers in detail, but in principle yes. “No country is willing to surrender first – that’s why we’re negotiating.”

1:12 pm: The first question comes from Florian Hahn of CSU. Whether there are applications for supplying Marder and Leopard Tanks. “This is now available to everyone, yes, they are available,” says Lambrecht. But Germany will not do it alone here, and we must always act in concert with our allies. “It was also decided in the Cabinet. Han asks what is the difference between Martins and Panthers. Cheetah is not a tank, and Western-style tanks have not been delivered yet,” says the minister.

1:10 pm: “I would like to thank you very much on behalf of the Bundeswehr for the special fund solution,” says Lambrecht. In addition, she worked with her colleague Habek on a procedure to speed up the proceedings. “It is essential that we not only have the money, but also use it efficiently and quickly.”

1:08 pm: Training on the MARS system will begin in June, and leopards and tanks will also be delivered soon. The industry is helping, according to Lambrecht. “We have come to a point where it is still justified if I, as Secretary of Defense, wish to ensure the defense of the Alliance.” Which is why you also go the route of exchanging rings.

1:06 pm: In the future, she continues, “you can look at two lists in the Federal Press Office of planned arms deliveries that have already arrived.” However, no dates or transfer methods have been published. This was not the case before, “because the people were afraid that the enemy was listening. And Ukraine gave up this way.”

1:05 pm: Now she speaks Christine Lambrecht. “As in the past few months, we are also dealing with the question of how we can support Ukraine, also from my department,” the defense minister began. Meanwhile, seven self-propelled howitzers have arrived in Ukraine and are being used for combat.

1 pm: Vice-President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Kupecki of the FDP opened the meeting on time. First of all, however, there are some personnel changes in some committees. Only then will it be the role of Christine Lambrecht.

On Wednesday, June 22, things will get exciting in the Bundestag. At the beginning of the session at 1 pm, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht read a short statement and then answered questions from MPs.

Presumably she will have to answer questions about the war in Ukraine and German efforts in this context. Above all, German arms deliveries and their size have been an issue that has divided Germany and the Bundestag in recent weeks.

After Lambrecht, Olaf Schulz will read a government statement in the Bundestag at 3 pm

Chancellor Olaf Schultz will speak from 3 pm. His government’s statement will focus mainly on the next three summits of the European Union, NATO and the G7 countries. FOCUS Online accompanies the Bundestag on Wednesday in its live broadcast.