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Pistorius: Russia’s attack on NATO territory may occur in five to eight years

German Defense Minister Pistorius urges US legislators to approve the $60+ billion aid package for Ukraine, as billions in deals between German and American defense contractors now hang in the balance as lawmakers obstruct crucial Ukraine military aid.
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German Defense MInister Boris Pistorius. Photo: RTL
Pistorius: Russia’s attack on NATO territory may occur in five to eight years

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius urged the US Congress to approve supplemental military assistance for Ukraine, warning that failure to provide aid could impair vital security cooperation and disrupt economic partnerships between the allies, according to Bloomberg.

Germany is increasingly concerned about the stalled US aid package for Ukraine worth over $60 billion, which has been delayed for months, leading to urgent appeals from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as ammunition and materiel supplies dwindle.

The German minister urged Europe and the NATO to prepare for “the worst case scenario”:

“I don’t like to look into the crystal ball,” he said. “I can’t predict if and when an attack on NATO territory might occur. But it could happen in five to eight years,” Pistorius said in an interview given during the Munich Security Conference

 

The minister specifically highlighted the potential consequences for US defense contractors, delaying the aid for Ukraine if additional backing for Ukraine fails to materialize. Germany has signed deals worth billions with American firms like Lockheed Martin and Boeing as it bolsters military spending:

“One aspect among many others of our transatlantic cooperation is that we signed hundreds of contracts worth billions of dollars and we are about to prepare new contracts,” he added. “It’s obvious that the alliance for security brings many advantages — for both sides,” Pistorius said.

These concerns were heightened by former US President Donald Trump’s comments questioning the nation’s commitment to NATO allies. President Joe Biden attributed the fall of Avdiivka, a significant victory for Russia, to lawmakers’ failure to approve the aid package.

Pistorius warned that a Ukrainian defeat would have consequences not only for Europe but also for the US, emphasizing that Putin’s invasion threatens the “rules-based international order.”

Pistorius underscored shared risks and told US allies “less security in Europe means less security for the United States.” He warned ripple effects could stretch across the Atlantic.

The minister said while the NATO budget target of 2% of GDP is a starting point, spending may need to go higher given the magnitude of the Russian threat. Germany could reach as much as 3.5%, he indicated.

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