Scholz made it clear that a debate about arms deliveries was not on his agenda. He again warned against a “bidding war” on the question of arms deliveries, in which “domestic political motives are in the foreground rather than support for Ukraine”.

The Ukrainian leadership is currently urging the partner countries to supply fighter jets, and has already expressed a desire for warships and submarines. However, Germany will not supply material for the Navy, said Deputy Government Spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann in Berlin. “I would also put that under the warning of an outbidding competition,” she said – and added: “The chancellor has clearly warned against it.”

The spokeswoman did not want to comment on whether a scenario would be conceivable for the federal government in which it would still deliver fighter jets. This is “the wrong debate at this point in time,” she replied when asked.

In Chile, Scholz again explained his approach to such decisions. For him, it must be “about factual issues, about rational considerations,” stressed the Chancellor at a joint press conference with Chilean President Gabriel Boric. What is needed is a “serious debate in which what needs to be decided is decided”.

SPD leader Saskia Esken did not want to commit to the issue of fighter jet deliveries. “It is very important that Germany and NATO do not become a party to the war,” she said on ARD. The federal government is in very close coordination with the USA. It is crucial to keep evaluating the current situation, said Esken.

The CDU foreign policy expert J├╝rgen Hardt warned the federal government against drawing red lines when supplying arms to Ukraine. “Excluding things only benefits the Kremlin,” Hardt told the newspapers of the Funke media group when asked about a delivery of German fighter jets. “Ukraine’s military needs should be our point of reference.”

The Greens politician Anton Hofreiter did not let up with his criticism of the Chancellor’s actions. It is “war in Ukraine every day,” he told the “Berliner Zeitung” on Monday. “If you delay decisions for months, that’s a big problem in such a threatening situation.”

Deputy government spokeswoman Hoffmann reiterated the federal government’s goal of increasing defense spending to two percent of gross domestic product. She cautiously assessed NATO’s considerations of raising this target to three percent. When asked how the federal government would stand on a three percent target, she simply said: “We have decided on a very large increase in spending for the Bundeswehr, and that is what is being implemented now.”