German Chief of Staff Carsten Breuer said that his country would have to be ready for war within 5 years.
In an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Breuer explained that preparation for war was a phased process.
Breuer said, “We do not have infinite time, because for the first time since the end of the Cold War, a potential war is being imposed on us from outside.”
“When I follow analysts and see the possibility of a military threat from Russia, it means 5 to 8 years of preparation time for us,” he said.
In response to a question about the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin expanding the war beyond Ukraine, the German army commander said, “Intentions are first and foremost. I see it in what Putin writes and says, and in Ukraine. I see it in their actions.”
The German army commander further said, “This also includes military capabilities. We have seen that due to the Duma's decision, Russia has turned towards war economy and now the possibility of this is increasing.”
It is noteworthy that after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Germany decided to increase defense spending and established a special fund of 100 billion euros (1 billion 78 million dollars) for the purchase of advanced weapon systems and the modernization of its armed forces.
The German government signed several arms purchase contracts, the most significant of which were the purchase of F-35 fighter planes, American Chinook transport helicopters, and the Israeli-made Arrow 3 missile defense system.