Germany Increases Military Expenditure by More Than 2 Percent of GDP in Response to Russian Aggression

German policymakers were sufficiently alarmed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the nation, which is notoriously thrifty when it comes to defence spending, decided to launch a military buildup.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated to the German parliament on Sunday that the nation will increase its defence and military expenditure to more than 2 percent of its entire gross domestic product. Germany has failed to modify its military budget for decades, instead prioritizing social programmes and other non-defense expenditures. Scholz believes it is past time for the United States to show its might in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • “We must ask ourselves: What capabilities does Putin’s Russia have, and what capabilities do we need in order to neutralise his potential threats?” Scholz made the remarks in front of the legislature on Sunday.
  • “It is undeniable that we will have to spend much more on the security of our country in order to safeguard our freedom and democracy.”
  • During his speech, Scholz said that Putin is aiming to construct a new Russian empire and asked if the European Union would be able to preserve sovereign territory if this occurred.
  • After a fourth day of fighting between Russia and Ukraine, Putin ordered the deployment of nuclear deterrent forces on alert.
  • Earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s defence minister and head of the military’s General Staff to place the country’s nuclear deterrent forces on a “special regime of combat duty.”

In the words of Rebekah Koffler, a former DIA intelligence officer, “he is now making threats of nuclear escalation.” “This is a disguised warning – or maybe such a veiled threat – that he has just made after meeting with his chief of military staff and his minister of defence, among others. By taking the war into the nuclear realm, Putin is hoping to de-escalate the situation, and thereby remove Kyiv’s administration as soon as possible.”

According to Daniel Hoffman, a former Moscow station head for the CIA, Ukraine’s military budget is insufficient to fight “toe-to-toe with the Russians,” but it is more than adequate to launch a guerilla battle against the Russians.

Ukrainian soldiers in the military

Ukrainian troops sit atop armoured personnel vehicles on a road in the Donetsk area, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday, February 24, 2022, as they prepare to deploy.
According to current statistics from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Ukraine’s $6 billion military budget is around one-tenth the size of Russia’s defence budget.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Saturday that the United States would provide an additional $350 million in help to Ukraine to strengthen its defences.

The additional assistance was welcomed, according to Hoffman, but he believes the funding should have been made available “earlier to prevent Russia,” stating that “time is everything.”