Germany failed to show decisive support for Ukraine by postponing the decision to send state-of-the-art tanks to the war-torn country, says Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) coalition partner senior politician said.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, head of the German parliament’s defense committee, said Western leaders were unable to reach consensus on the supply of German-made Leopard-2 tanks at their meetings in Ramstein, Germany. I commented after
Kyiv says the new hardware will allow Ukrainian forces to beef up their firepower in preparation for a possible spring attack on Russian forces.
Struck Zimmermann told public broadcaster ZDF late Friday: “History is watching us. Unfortunately, Germany has only failed.
“At least it would have been the right thing to give our partners the go-ahead,” Berlin.
Strack-Zimmermann said Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s communication on the tank delivery issue was a “disaster”.
On the one hand, Germany is largely in favor of Ukraine, but the lack of a decision to hand over the tanks gave a different impression, she added.
FDP politicians say Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to laugh at Germany’s indecision.
Other German parliamentarians also attended
Roderich Kiesewetter, a foreign affairs expert for the center-right Christian Democrat Party (CDU), said the lack of a decision has seriously damaged Germany’s foreign policy.
“Germany has done a disservice to Ukraine and its future position,” he said. Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.
Kiesewetter was speechless that Berlin had just ordered tank stocks from the Bundeswehr and said it was “embarrassing and terrifying” to do this a year after Russia’s war in Ukraine broke out. rice field.
Robin Wagener, an eco-friendly Green party politician and chairman of the German-Ukrainian parliamentary group, agreed that tank inventories were “delayed” but “the right step”.
Rolf Mutzenich, leader of the parliamentary group of the center-left Social Democratic Party, said it needed to act in unison with the United States.
“It’s always important to take important steps together,” said Mützenich. Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper. “Together means, above all, to be with the United States.”
new international criticism
South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is currently visiting Kyiv, has asked both Germany and the United States for supplies of tanks.
“To the Germans: send tanks to Ukraine, because they need them. It will be in your own national interest. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin loses in Ukraine.
“To the Biden Administration: Send America’s tanks so others will follow our lead,” he said.
Meanwhile, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia issued a joint statement calling on Germany to hand over tanks to Ukraine.
“This is necessary to stop Russian aggression, help Ukraine and quickly restore peace in Europe. Germany, as a major European power, has a special responsibility in this regard,” said Latvia. ‘s Foreign Minister Edgars Linkevich tweeted.
What was the outcome of the Ramstein Conference?
A US-led meeting of about 50 allies of Ukraine failed to reach a decision on expediting the shipment of German Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine.
Despite repeated requests for new military equipment from Kyiv, the German government is wary of sudden moves by Russia that could further escalate the conflict.
According to media reports, senior US officials at the meeting advised Kyiv to postpone launching a major offensive against Russian forces.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said he could not say when a decision on tanks would be taken, but that Berlin was ready to “move quickly” if consensus was reached among allies.
“All pros and cons must be carefully weighed,” Pistorius added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the group to “speed up” the delivery of weapons in a video address, stressing that German Leopard tanks are the main need.
“Every day we are making it clearer that there are no alternatives, that decisions must be made about tanks,” he said.
The lack of agreement will not stop the Ukrainian military from training Leopard-2 tanks in Poland, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
But the allies have approved billions of dollars worth of military equipment, including enough armored vehicles and ammunition needed to push back Russian forces.
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