Defense Minister Boris Pistorius wants to talk to the arms industry quickly about closing equipment gaps in the Bundeswehr that are caused by arms deliveries to Ukraine. "We are now doing everything we can to ensure that things are replenished quickly," said the SPD politician on ARD's "Tagesthemen". He wants to hold talks with the armaments industry very soon, probably as early as next week.
Pistorius admitted: "We have accumulated a lot of replacement deficits in recent years." There are also gaps caused by the surrender of weapons during the Ukraine war. What matters now is reliable and binding agreements with the industry. "Because one thing is clear: the gaps that are now emerging should and must be closed quickly." Pistorius also called for the industry to be strengthened. "We need more armaments industry in Germany, but, I think, also in concert in Europe," said the minister.