Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he saw Germany taking on “special responsibility” to help Ukraine build up its artillery and air defence systems, as he vowed that Berlin will maintain its backing for “as long as it takes”.

Calling on allies to coordinate a “long-term and reliable division of labour” on support for Ukraine, Scholz said that he can “imagine that Germany will assume special responsibility in terms of building up Ukraine’s artillery and air defence capacities”.

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