Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Berlin wants to "de-escalate" tensions and that supplying weapons would "not be helpful." Germany's move comes as other Western powers have pledged arms deliveries to Ukraine.
Germany's defense minister has said that sending arms to Ukraine would not be helpful in defusing the current situation as fears of a Russian invasion continue to mount.
In an interview published Saturday, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper there is consensus in the German government when it comes to barring the supply of weapons to Kyiv.
"We are standing on Kyiv's side. We have to do everything to de-escalate. Currently, arms deliveries would not be helpful in this respect; there is agreement on this in the German government," Lambrecht told the paper.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told a news conference on Friday that in recent years, "Germany has not supported the export of lethal weapons."
On the point of Ukraine's ambition's to join NATO, Lambrecht said Moscow didn't have a leg to stand on.
"There is no Russian veto right for membership to NATO. Every sovereign nation that shares our values is free to apply for membership. But beyond this red line, there is readiness from the West to speak with Russia and to take its interests into account," she said.
Diplomatic talks continue
Diplomatic measures have been taking place to address the regional security concerns.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia's top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov, met on Friday an attempt to defuse tensions.
The US has expressed a willingness for more dialogue on the matter, with Russia signalling a willingness to participate in further talks.
Russia previously attacked Ukraine in 2014, with Moscow ordering the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula. The move was met with condemnation and sanctions from the West.