At the same time, Reznikov was optimistic that the war in his country will end in the course of this year with the recapture of all Russian-occupied territories. “I am an optimist, I see the situation on the battlefield, I see the development of the support and I really see that there is a chance to end this war with our victory this year.” At the same time, he was convinced that the West would soon be delivering fighter jets to his country.

The defense minister reacted cautiously to the security promises made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the Bundestag on Thursday for Ukraine after the end of the war. “Ukraine must receive real security guarantees,” Resnikov demanded. He recalled that his country had previously received such guarantees that it would give up its nuclear weapons. “That did not work.”

Scholz had reaffirmed the main features of his Ukraine policy in the Bundestag on Thursday: He emphasized Ukraine’s right to sovereignty and self-defense and announced that German support would continue indefinitely. At the same time, he held out the prospect of security commitments from the allies to Ukraine for the post-war period.