Further deliveries of weapons to Kyiv only complicate the situation for the Ukrainians. This is how Alexei Chepa, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, commented to Izvestia on January 10 about the news of the arrival of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock in Kharkov and her promise to continue supplying weapons to Kyiv.
The MP stressed that NATO continues to drag out the Ukrainian conflict.
“The crisis that exists in Germany today <…> is the result of the ill-conceived policy that Germany is pursuing today and, let’s say, has been pursuing for those eight years, starting from 2014, as announced recently [бывший канцлер ФРГ Ангела] Merkel,” Chepa added.
Earlier that day, it was reported that Burbock had arrived in Kharkiv on an unannounced visit. During her speech, she stated that she came to the city at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba. Burbock promised that the Ukrainians would be able to count on further arms supplies from Germany.
On January 8, Senator of the Federation Council Aleksey Pushkov said that Germany was split due to the supply of offensive weapons to Ukraine. This is how Pushkov commented on the results of a survey published by the Bild newspaper, according to which half of the German population (49%) considers the government’s decision to supply Marder infantry fighting vehicles (BMPs) to Kyiv as erroneous.
Earlier, on January 5, it became known that as part of military assistance to Kyiv, American and German-made infantry fighting vehicles – Bradley and Marder, respectively, would be provided.
Bundestag deputy Sarah Wagenknecht expressed the opinion that the German government only intensifies the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine by its decision to transfer Marder infantry fighting vehicles (BMP) to Kyiv.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Melnik, in turn, called on the German authorities to transfer to Kyiv all types of heavy weapons available to them, including tanks and ballistic missiles. The diplomat also demanded more German fighter jets, drones, warships and submarines from Berlin.
Western countries began to arm Ukraine more actively against the backdrop of a special operation carried out by Moscow since February 24 to protect Donbass. Its beginning was preceded by the aggravation of the situation in the region.
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