January 31, 2023

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pressured Ukraine to supply tanks

After France’s announcement to supply Ukraine with AMX-10 RCs, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was pressured by his fellow allies to give the green light to send tanks to Ukraine. kyiv asks berlin to send panther 2 tanks

“The Chancellor’s constant argument that Germany should not go it alone is completely over.”Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmerman, a member of the German chancellor’s coalition Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), told Agence France-Presse the head of the defense committee in the Bundestag. “Once again, France assumes the expected role in Germany and presents itself”laments M.me Strack-Zimmermann, for whom “The ball is now in Berlin’s court”. Ukraine should “Winning to defend our freedom and our values ​​- that can only be done with the support of tanks”, she recalled. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a diplomat, member of the FDP and the German ambassador to Moscow, said he expected the matter to be discussed within the coalition.

The German government has so far refused to supply the tanks on the pretext that such action should be taken in consultation with Western allies and that Germany and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should not become directly involved in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Chancellor Scholz’s social democratic SPD, unlike its liberal and ecological partners, opposes such distributions. “We, the German government and the German chancellor, are always in close consultation with our allies and friends, especially the Americans.”Saskia Esken, one of the leaders of the SPD, explained on the NTV channel on Thursday morning. “Supported Ukraine from the beginning by supplying it with weapons”. “Depending on military developments and requirements, we will continue to do so as long as necessary.”She promised.

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This discussion comes at a time Defense Minister, Christine Lambrecht (SPD), weakened by a congratulatory video of what is considered a failure, in which he specifically thanks everyone “met” The conflict in Ukraine allowed him to do so.