According to the German Chancellor, Germany does not want to bring the conflict to a war between Russia and NATO media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, explaining the country's refusal to supply tanks to Ukraine, said that Germany does not want to bring the conflict to a war between Russia and NATO. He said this in an interview with The New York Times.
“We support Ukraine. We do it in such a way that we do not escalate the situation to a war between Russia and NATO, because that would be a disaster, — noted Scholz.
In early September, the newspaper Die Welt, citing sources in the Ukrainian government, wrote that Scholz did not agree to supply tanks to Ukraine, as requested by the Prime Minister of this country Denys Shmygal during his visit to Berlin.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba noted that he did not see a single convincing argument for the FRG to refuse to transfer military vehicles to Kyiv, but only “abstract fears and excuses.” According to him, the country now needs Leopard tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles. “What is Berlin afraid of that Kyiv is not afraid of?” asked Kuleba on Twitter.
According to German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht, Berlin does not want to provide Western-style tanks to Ukraine alone. She noted that so far no country has taken such a step.
This week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Germany to be an independent state in decision-making. “If you don’t want to give us [tanks and armored vehicles], listen, no offense, you are an independent state— so don't give it, but don't try to say: first America, then Germany, then there will be Poland. No need. Everyone must be responsible for himself, — said Zelensky.
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As Politico wrote, citing US officials, congressional sources and Ukrainian interlocutors, the United States (they have M1 Abrams tanks) and Germany are delaying the supply of tanks to Ukraine “partly because of problems with training and logistics.” At the same time, according to one of the interlocutors, German Leopards are more suitable for military operations in Ukraine, since they are more similar to Soviet tanks and require less fuel than Abrams.
Russia has repeatedly criticized the pumping of Ukraine with Western weapons. President Vladimir Putin, in an address on September 21 regarding the announcement of a partial mobilization in the country, said that Western countries also launched “nuclear blackmail”. “To those who allow themselves such statements regarding Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for individual components— and more modern than those of the NATO countries, — he said. Putin assured that if the territorial integrity of the state is threatened, Moscow will use all means at its disposal.
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