Germany sacked the army chief after his statements about Russia’s military capabilities

Eberhard Zorn, Commander of the German Army (Reuters)

New German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius He sacked the Army Chief of StaffSources close to the ministry indicated, after the latter made some controversial statements about the capabilities of the Russian armed forces.

The general Eberhard Zorn The sources announced that Carsten Breuer, Commander of the German Army, would replace him, without specifying the reasons for the decision.

In September, Zorn, who has been in office since 2018, He expressed concern about the ability of the Ukrainians to defeat the Russian army, and feared that Moscow might open a new front in Ukraine.

“Kaliningrad, the Baltic Sea, the Finnish border, Georgia, Moldova… there are so many possibilities. [El presidente ruso, Vladimir] Putin will have the capabilitiesHe stated this in an interview with the German weekly Focus. He also justified Berlin’s reluctance to hand over the heavy weapons that Ukraine demands.

According to him, Ukraine is conducting “counter-attacks, with the help of which it is possible to restore positions on the front, but Russia cannot be pushed back on a broad front“.

These were the statements Criticized at home and abroadMost notably by retired US General Ben Hodges who commanded the US Army in Europe. He replied that it was “A startlingly poor analysis of Russian capabilities sadly reflects much of the thinking of the German ‘elite’,” As indicated on his Twitter account.

Zorn was appointed to the position in 2018 by conservative Ursula von der Leyen, who was defense minister at the time.

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Lt. Gen Karsten Brewer He will replace Zorn as “General Inspector” of the German Armed Forces, as this position is called, as he is the country’s highest-ranking military man, the agency reported. dpa.

Brewer, who will also be a senior decision maker at the Department of Defense and military advisor to the advisor, has become a familiar face amid the coronavirus pandemic, given his role as chief of staff for the COVID-19 crisis.

The current Minister of Defense took office in mid-January of this year, having replaced Christine Lambrecht in his post, who was embroiled in numerous controversies amid the debate over whether Berlin should send more modern tanks to Ukraine.

(With information from AFP and Europa Press)

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