German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged to avoid escalating tensions between NATO and Russia
MOSCOW, September 17 – RIA Novosti. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview that Berlin would support Kiev, but would not take steps that would increase tensions in relations between the North Atlantic Alliance and Moscow. deutschlandfunk.
“We have supported Ukraine, we will continue to do so … including the supply of weapons. And at the same time our goal remains – so there is no tension between Russia and NATO,” said the Chancellor.
He added that decisions on the supply of heavy weapons to Kiev should be taken jointly by all partners.
“For us, the principle is important: no action alone,” Scholz said.
The Kyiv regime hopes to get the German Leopard 2 tanks, but Berlin is in no hurry to share them. As the agency wrote Bloomberg, Western countries have reached a non-verbal agreement not to give such weapons to Kiev, so Germany does not want to be here first and lead to accusations of escalation. In addition, as noted in Berlin, the fleet of the main combat vehicles of the Bundeswehr is not large enough to afford to transfer part of it to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
As a result, the latest military aid package announced this week by the German Ministry of Defense has been limited to two MARS II multiple launch rocket systems and 50 Dingo armored vehicles.
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a military special operation to de-Nazis and demilitarize Ukraine. Vladimir Putin described his mission as “protecting people who have been subjected to eight years of bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime”. According to the president, the ultimate goal of the operation is the liberation of Donbass and the creation of conditions that guarantee Russia’s security.
In this context, the United States and its NATO allies continue to pump weapons into Ukraine. President Joe Biden signed the lend-lease law, tens of billions of dollars were allocated for military aid to Kiev. Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly said that the supply of Western weapons only prolongs the conflict, and arms transport has become a legitimate target for the Russian army.
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