Scholz stresses need for air defense for Ukraine and comments on alleged Russian spies

(18 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brussels – 18 April 2024
1. Wide of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arriving
2. Camera operator
3. Mid of Scholz at briefing
4. SOUNDBITE (German) Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor:
"We have heard that there should be seven (note: referring to Patriot air defence systems for Ukraine) more now. One of them is ours and we hope that six more will be found in the NATO context. And I have also taken the opportunity here to promote this in many discussions."
5. Wide of podium
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor (referring to his call for more air defence systems for Ukraine)
"I hope that everyone will finalise their opinion-forming processes as quickly as possible, because time is of the essence."
7. Mid of podium
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor:
"The windfall profits from the frozen Russian assets: We have decided that we want to use them and that they should mainly be used for the procurement of defence instruments, of weapons for Ukraine."
9. Wide of podium
10. SOUNDBITE (German) Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor (asked about Russian espionage activities uncovered in Germany):
"We can never accept that such espionage activities take place in Germany, which is why we have our own defence mechanisms to uncover them. Just as we always succeed in doing."
11. Wide of podium
12. SOUNDBITE (German) Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor (asked about Russian ambassador summoned on Thursday):
"We always react to these things. But perhaps I can say this again: above all, we react to the fact that we try to combat the success of such activities as comprehensively as possible."
13. Various of journalists
14. SOUNDBITE (German) Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor:
"There are already several listings of this organisation (note: referring to Iran’s revolutionary guard). Just not in this very specific regime, but also at European level. That’s all already happened. And that’s why it’s part of the logic of what we’ve done so far that we’re now taking a very serious look at exactly what is legally possible. That’s not easy. That’s why the (EU) Commission’s legal service is involved."
15. Various of Scholz leaving
STORYLINE:
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday stressed the need for more air defense supplies for Ukraine.

"Time is of the essence," he told reporters, following the final day of an EU summit in Brussels that was focused on economic and social issues.

Addressing the arrests of two German-Russian men who were detained in Germany on suspicion of espionage, Scholz said "we can never accept that such espionage activities take place in Germany."

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