Jan 25, 2023 5:02 p.m
Sergei Nechayev, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Berlin, has condemned the German government’s announced willingness to hand over German Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine as an “extremely dangerous decision”. The observance of red lines is now a thing of the past, it is said.
Sergei Nechayev, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin, reacted to Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s (SPD) decision to supply German Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine. This is an extremely dangerous decision, which will lead to a further escalation in the Ukraine conflict, he writes in his statement. The step contradicts the announcements by German politicians about Germany’s negative attitude towards attempts to get involved in the existing conflict. Nechayev clarifies:
“ Berlin’s decision means that the Federal Republic is finally giving up its commitment to historical responsibility for atrocious crimes committed against our people by National Socialism during the Great Patriotic War and which have no statute of limitations.”
As a result, the Russian ambassador notes that the difficult path to reconciliation between Russians and Germans in the post-war period is being forgotten. And further it says:
“With the approval of the federal government, battle tanks with German crosses are to be sent to the ‘Eastern Front’ again, which will not only lead to the deaths of Russian soldiers, but inevitably also to the deaths of civilians.”
Berlin made its decision to supply tanks on the 80th anniversary of the breaking of the German blockade of Leningrad, which cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens, Nechayev recalls. This would destroy any remnant of mutual trust and irreparably damage the already deplorable state of Russian-German relations. The Leopard 2 decision raises doubts that relations can be normalized in the foreseeable future. The Russian Ambassador notes:
“ Once again we convince ourselves that Germany, like its closest allies, is not interested in a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, that it is constantly escalating and that the regime in Kiev wants to arm the regime in Kyiv with ever new deadly weapons. “Red lines” are therefore a thing of the past.”
The spokesman for the federal government, Steffen Hebestreit, publicly announced again on Wednesday that the federal government had decided to provide the Ukrainian armed forces with Leopard 2 main battle tanks. Germany is delivering 14 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks to Ukraine. In addition, the federal government has given other states permission to deliver their own Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
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