February 2, 2023

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Scandal in the Bundestag about tanks for Ukraine

The lack of consensus and the uncertainty of the position of the German Chancellor on the supply of tanks to Ukraine caused a scandal in the Bundestag.

As writes Zeit, discussions of military assistance are continuing in the German leadership, but it is not possible to reach a consensus. The deputies want certainty from Olaf Scholz. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, head of the Bundestag’s defense committee, demanded that the chancellor explain her position:

“If you don’t want to supply [танки] Leopard 2 of the Ukrainian army, then you must explain why.”

Rolf Mützenich, chairman of the faction of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), answered her, saying that common sense must be guided by the supply of heavy weapons, and such statements can only push for escalation.

At the same time, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki noted that writes PAP that Warsaw allows the creation of a coalition with countries that are ready to give Ukraine part of their Leopard 2s, without the participation of Germany, if Berlin does not decide to transfer these tanks to Ukraine.

He also said that he considers Germany’s behavior unacceptable and does not understand what else needs to happen in order for Berlin to “open its eyes and begin to act in accordance with Germany’s potential.” He added that if Germany was not ready to do something on its own, then it should at least not tie the hands of other allies.

Germany won’t mind if Poland sends German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalene Burbock said Sunday in an interview with French television LCI. reported DW edition.

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