US continues to pressure Berlin to change policy on weapons delivery.
Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher
Germany contends with increasing pressure and scrutiny from its so-called European Union and NATO allies to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine. However, a fake narrative is also being constructed that Berlin is an international pariah, so-much-so, that it could even face international isolation for not sending the tanks.
“Germany will be in international isolation if it does not allow Leopard tanks to be sent to Ukraine,” Polish Vice Chancellor Arkadiusz Mularczyk said to Polskie Radio. “It must be understood that Germany, by not accepting the shipment of tanks to Ukraine, will find itself in international isolation. If it continues with this position, its position will be very weak.”
This is of course a ridiculous notion since it is actually Poland, and the wider European Union, who are in the global minority of sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia.
The expression of willingness by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on January 22 to approve the shipment of Leopard tanks to Ukraine from other countries is the result of major pressure, including from Poland and the Baltic republics, but especially from the UK and the US.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz stressed Warsaw’s call for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take a position on the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
“In the legal-formal sense the position of the foreign minister should be sufficient, but taking into account how the discussion inside Germany looks, we would probably have more confidence that the declaration of consent would be considered positive, if this position were also presented by Chancellor Scholz,” Przydacz told Polskie Radio.
Earlier, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in an interview to Polsat, stated that Warsaw is ready to send German Leopard tanks to Ukraine without permission from Berlin. He stressed that Poland is ready to form a coalition for the supply of tanks to Ukraine without the participation of Germany if the latter does not approve the shipment of its tanks to Kiev.
On January 21, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius declared that NATO countries and their allies failed to reach a consensus on the supply of German tanks to Kiev but that Berlin will study its possibility.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously warned that any arms shipment to Kiev will become a legitimate target for the Russian military. At the same time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov commented that the attempts to saturate Ukraine with weapons will negatively impact the situation and negotiations.
Senior NATO officials met on January 20 at a German military base to discuss — unsuccessfully — a possible new shipment of heavy weapons to Kiev, an issue that has become increasingly acrimonious as time progresses.
For his part, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called on his allies to deepen their support for Ukraine, stressing that “this is not a moment to slow down.”
“It’s time to dig deeper. The Ukrainian people are watching us. The Kremlin is watching us. And history is watching us. So we won’t let up. And we won’t waver in our determination to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s imperial aggression,” he added.
However, it is recalled that Washington’s request comes at a time when Germany is refusing to send Leopard tanks to Kiev. Berlin, for its part, has said it will not send tanks unless the US also sends its M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.
Germany is facing an immense economic and energy crisis and does not want problems with Russia to deepen. If Germany sends tanks to Ukraine, the country would be even more involved, a prospect it does not want since Russia is a fellow European country that it must deal with, unlike the US which has an entire ocean of separation.
Although Germany has the power to veto any decision to export its Leopard tanks, it has sought a conditional agreement with the US, Reuters reported. According to CNN, the controversy between the two countries occurs in the midst of a much broader debate about whether or not it is a good idea to equip Ukraine with more sophisticated and powerful weapons.
The positions of both countries have generated all kinds of reactions. For example, we recall that Morawiecki asserted that Poland could deliver its Leopard tanks to Ukraine without waiting for German permission.
“We have agreed with our Ukrainian friends and also with our Western European partners that we will hand over these tanks together. The permit is already a secondary issue, we will get it quickly or else we will act as we see fit,” he said to Polsat.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, indicated that the intentions of several Western countries to send Ukraine more weapons are with the aim of “raising the stakes” and will only escalate the conflict.
In this sense, the reluctance to increase weapon deliveries to Ukraine could be interpreted as a sign that Germany wants to re-establish some of the dialogue it lost with Moscow after the departure of Angela Merkel. This is obviously something that Washington categorically does not want to occur. Although the US can count on other European Union countries to arm Ukraine, particularly Poland, no country besides France has the political, industrial, and military power of Germany.
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Let’s be real here. Everybody had decided before the start of the conflict that they will end up sending tanks. This back and forth that we’re witnessing right now is all theatre, to warm up the general public to the idea. Sending tanks is not a huge step up from the countless infantry fighting vehicles and APCs that have already been deployed.
Bingo. It’s just pantomime filler for the TVtards at home, to give the TVtards the continued false impression that anything that even resembles a ‘rules based order’ with justice and democracy is still in existance, when that whole concept of anything remotely related to justice was lit on fire, shot three times in the head, and buried in a shallow grave called the Covid hoax pandemic a long time ago. Pass the lockdown sauce bro…I need to make another beyond masks, build back better burger…. Would you like a side of climate cultist fries with that… I made em with zee bugs…?
Uncle Tom, er Uncle Kenneth is not my biggest fan either…
The most disturbing fact about your post is that you are still alive.
Germans are sending a dozen or so, and the shitty neoliberal lackey Scandinavians are, too. Finland is on board, proving that the Russians likely need to shit-stomp Finland again.
France and Britts are sending someone too.
Are they sending someone, you brain-addled fuck-tard?
shitstomp americunt if you talk so talky derp.
I feel that Finland is actually very reluctant to do this, as we’ve have just seen, Germany is being threatened, and Finland said their contribution won’t be a lot. They’re doing this as a perfunctory thing, they’re learning firsthand the glorious benefits of being part of NATO without even being part of it now.
Seems like such a rewarding scheme huh?
the guy looks like he crap himself and getting off to everyone smelling it
He was born that way, no need to be mean to the handicapped
He was a criminal and a traiter since many years. Before, he was deeply involved in the Wirecard and the Cum-Ex scandal (the latter particularly benefitting his beloved Warburg bank).
The “opulent” West is much poorer than it was 20 or 30 years ago. It no longer even has enough money for its aggressive armed forces. It goes without saying that everything is getting worse, in decay. The negativity unleashed by these blasphemous globalists it turns into terrible bad luck that ruins them. They are poor and wage poor wars. As it proves.
It seemes You are kept in dark for good reasons.
Lol! NATO is starting to eat itself………………NATO could send every tank, each country on the continent has and it would still not be enough. Germany has 236 tanks, good tanks but that is it. UK has 336 average tanks, France has 200 Le Junks…………..Poland has the most, 600 obsolete to old mixed bag. Even if they send them all, the Ukrainians have lost most of their experienced tank crews.
An American scholar has said that the United States is now a banana republic! And also, I might add, the EU. Ha ha ha ha ha!
If so the Russians had attacked us long time ago.
Even before USSR collapsed bananas was better then gold under pillows there.
Hard times for Putin. He now only has zink.
It’s 3:15am in Denmark as you post, Jens. Don’t they shut off the internet in Danish mental institutions at night?
It’s a Taco and Burrito Republic!!!! 🤣🤣
Banana republics of EU, but with no bananas growing.
Nope. Potato republics. When you start eating poisonous potatoes from Incas, this is what happens: https://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/img/potato_full.jpg
Admin of this site supports nazis – he/she (or it?) blocked visitors from Russia, but it’s useless while we all have VPNs. And I don’t get your humor about potato.
Who precisely is going to keep these imperial self-propelled coffins running? The conditions in the failed Ukrainian CIA project are going to kick the shit out of any of these machines, all of which date to the period when they were going to hold the Fulda Gap for three days against the imaginary commie hordes. The Canadian lackeys had an immensely difficult time keeping their rented Leopards running in Afghanistan.
On the subject of German tanks and Canadian lies, here’s the kind of bullshit fantasies that Canadians tell one another: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/the-myth-surrounding-canadian-leopard-tanks-in-afghanistan-driving-away-decommissioned-tanks-used-as-monuments-and-shipping-them-to-war-never-happened
Ha, ha! Canada has its own Ghost of Kiev equivalents. Wonder if a Canadian Banderite cooked it up for them?
Freeland is that very banderite chef you speak of…when she’s not cooking up bullshit and vax mandates, she’s sucking Soros’ right sector testicles.
Canadian Banderites are the WEF mob, Trudeau, Freeland, a whole list of others.
There are at least an equal amount of r1a commie slavs buried in their own trenches.
Not even the worst flee markets would take the Russian museum tanks even if it was dark.
And what about the rest of us and the other fighting and transportation vehicles we send as well???? We are at least 35 countries. Hard stuff also is much more then tanks.
Very much as You have no acces to Our world or its censured away.
Well Jens, Copenhagen gladly took as a gift from Gorbachev the USSR submarine Juliette 451 as a floating museum. Are you sure you’re in Denmark?
Send your Head of Church and monarch Margrete, she’s such a dog she might scare off some soldiers. Probably the Ukies, they love mucking with dogs.
Stick all the Arab and African terrorist trained rapist migrants in those tanks and solve two problems with one decision…
Lol, they would riot and level france and germany to the ground, and both countries would deserve it.
If the ukro nazis get massive equipment deliveries it is imperative russia takes them out before they reach the front lines. Time for more precision strikes on warehouses and logistics and bridges cripple the ukronazis ability to resupply and reequip.
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Yes, but if they are destroyed on arrival then the Poles will get rich recycling all that scrap metal. Better to waste them in central Ukraine and keep the profits for Russia. Lots of fun selling ingots of Leopards back to Germany to build new tanks.
The line in the US empire is that the poor Ukrainian puppets are getting older, second-rate models because there’s no risk of cutting edge technology falling into Russian hands. So the Ukretards are still not worth top-of-the-line weapons systems, according to Five Eyes propaganda.
It’s almost like the miracle weapons will turn the tide.
Meanwhile the Tiger, King Tiger, Panther, Elefant didn’t turn the tide. The Tanks are the epitomy of Europe’s hubris. Russia is going to win this war as she did the last. It’s time we accepted Russia as the main country in Europe and ushered her in from the cold.
Lol… Usher the EU in from the cold…grip of Rothschild…
The likes of Schwab, Soros, Harari etc. must be vaporized, made to disappear, forgotten and never to be heard from again.
Add racist “gardener” Borrell to the list. 100% vaporization is needed. But no need to forget these bastards, because new ones will rise in next moment.
Under international law Russia has the right to blow both Poland and Germany off the face of the earth as by sending military aid to the Kiev junta these countries have become belligerent and are legitimate targets
Ukraine has no Junta.
You got no brains.
What a pile of shit you’re talkin. Did you forget that it was Putin who invaded Ukraine, sending russian tanks to conquer Kiev and not Ukrainians with NATO tanks starting to roll into Russia, trying to conquer Moscow ??? You forgot that ?
By international law Russia commited a war crime purely by invading Ukraine (same as US did when invading Iraq, Afghanistan etc.)
You’re now in the ‘war-criminal’ pod, same as war criminal Stalin, W. Bush and Bush senior.
Better check international law carefully before opening your cockloaded mouth !
You love talking about cock in your mouth, is that what you are doing right now?
Speaking with your mouth full and your brain empty.
Pollacks want to make the BRD their bitch
I was listening to one analyst who said the Germans are avoiding sending tanks because the Poles may use them for an offensive to conquer Western Ukraine.
Thats a very ANAL one. Did You look in a mirror looking in Your behid?
Or to take back Berlin, if the Germans dont pay the multi billion dollars reparations
Poles can use them to attack even Germany, because they are pushing germans to get avoid from tanks completely (because of small numbers, ~250 in active use) while Poland itself has ~600 tanks now and signed orders to buy hundreds more. Where they will get money – this is another question, but it’s obvious, that polish military will be stronger than german.
Fucked up Republicans lied to voters – youtube.com/watch?v=Z9S-_QiM93E
Politicians always do a 180 after getting the votes. They serve their masters, not the electorate.
What a pathetic whiny little bitch.
This is a pure political game to isolate Germany which is here in a lose-lose situation. Poland has 200 T-72 based modernised tanks still it could send to Ukraine immediately. The Leopards are useless because they are over the weight limit of bridges in Ukraine, they need recovery vehicles and bridge layers plus repair crews need extensive training to be able to recover them. So if Poland wanted to help it would sent the still existing tanks Ukraine could use immediately in large numbers. But they don’t want to, they just want to hurt Germany. Germany is very well aware that sending the Leopards maybe would be the final straw to make relations with Russia unrecoverable. And Germany knows that at one point only talks can lead to peace. Germany knows it is dependent on Russia (so is Poland but they stick their head in the sand). And the US knows all of this as well and sees the opportunity to once and for all eliminate the biggest threat to them: the European Union.
At least You show how complicted things can be.
But whatever we send, we are critiseized about it. So why care about those bridges.
Tanks can advance and retreat there. It has been seen before. Havnt it?
Germans fx took Kiev by crossing north and south of it, didnt they? Stalin was not happy in those days.
Poland already sent all their T-72M, ~230 units. They also have quite big numbers of PT-91 – modernization of T-72M made in 90’s.
It is truly wild when you think about Germen tanks rolling across the Russian steps. Will the Russians Nuke Germany. They should as we know what happened the last Germen tanks ran the steps.
Too many here dont understand how widespread and devastaaing nukes are even Tjuernobyl is in Ukraine.
There astill are areas in the northern sweden, where You can use the berries.
It’s the US and Britain who are pulling the strings to hang Germany out on the clothes line. I’d bet all the tea in Chinaland that Russia is very well aware of this and in the final push, will go after the string pullers….all out.
Its very difficult for the Germans. They are bound by the laerned traditions after their Nazi period, which is a great plus for the rest of us.
Even so I agree in we should give those Ukras some hard stuff as soon as possible. And ammo too.
Typical for the world here mainly to mention Poland as frontrunner in this. They are but the rest is not far behind.
At this point, I think the West should just stop with the charade. It’s quite clear, NATO is going to declare a no fly zone over Kiev. First the air defense, then the main battle tanks, finally the fighter jets. It’s no wonder why Russia’s surrounding Ukraine with firepower.
Why doesn’t Russia use it as the perfect marriage of convenience and excuse to pull the plug on the member$hip to this Wh0reH0u$e https://www.un.org/en/visit and stain on humanity that it has ALWAYS been since 1945 given the H0$t’s track record – https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2018/05/its-not-just-trump-us-has-always-broken-its-treaties-pacts-and-promises/148179/?!!!
LEADERS LEAD… And Russia… it’s time to LEAD by pitching a new tent in your jurisdiction to oversight the rules and conduct of international law for the betterment of it’s members and the World!…
The USA are such cowards, afraid for their lives to send US tanks and troops to fight with Russia, so they squeal at the Poles and Germans to do it for them. Between the cowardly and despicable Yanks, and the retarded Poles, Brits and Germans, we may yet end up like the dinosaurs, extinct as a race.
well, then, destroy the roads and train tracks which leads to Ukronazistan from Poland and Romania.
Polaks are dumb from definition and nothing is going to change this world opinion about them.
The complete dishonesty of this politician is just written all over his face. Who would buy a used car from this clown or consider anything he has to say as anything but honest..
Fools! I guess the Germans forgot about the 150 division of Operation Barbarosa. Then Russia allowing East Germany to unite and if they aren’t seeing the consequences, then let the bastards have it.
This time it is no Barbarossa. Nato is not interested in invading Russia. Free and independent Ukraine is another story. As for Crimea and East of Ukraine – in my opinion referendums are needed to sort it out. UN must coordinate the partition of Donieck and Crimea between Russia and Ukraine – there is no other option. Sevastopol could be Ukrainian and the rest of Crimea Russian.
I have to say, not really sure where the German people will be at this rate of complicity with the US where they will be in the near future.
The once mighty and proud Germans , now taking orders from the Polaks , intimidated by them. Hard to believe .
Better believe it. Germany is facing total change of society – muslims will soon run Berlin not as minority but as young majority. They are conservative and family orientated – like Poles. Pay attention to Polish alliances with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. This is not coincident
Don’t you love it when self absorbed Westerners claim they represent “THE WORLD” with their demented ideologies? They need to wake up. Most of the world wants no part in their insanity