German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made an unannounced visit to the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday as Berlin is under growing pressure to provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks.
Berlin recently pledged to send Ukraine its Marder armored infantry fighting vehicle but has held off on sending the Leopards. When explaining his opposition to sending tanks to Ukraine back in September, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was trying to prevent a direct war between Russia and NATO.
But Scholz’s government has shown a willingness to escalate military aid, and Ukraine, as well as Berlin’s Western allies, are putting the screws on Germany to send the tanks. Baerbock met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba while in Kharkiv, a city not far from the Russian border.
Kuleba pressed Baerbock to send the tanks, saying “more people will die” the longer it takes. “I have no doubt that Ukraine will receive German Leopard tanks. I think the German government somewhere deep down understands that this decision will be made and the tanks will be transferred to Ukraine,” Kuleba said.
Baerbock vowed Germany would provide “further arms deliveries” but didn’t promise to send tanks. So far, Ukraine has not received any Western-made tanks, but the British are reportedly considering sending a few of their Challenger 2 tanks, which Ukrainian officials hope will inspire the US and Germany to do the same.
Other countries that have purchased Leopards are willing to provide them to Ukraine, but Germany still needs to sign off on the delivery. The Polish government said this week that it’s considering sending an undisclosed number of the German-made tanks to Kyiv and is in talks with allies on the process.
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This war in Ukraine is getting more insane by the day as we edge closer to what many think was impossible.
A full scale global thermonuclear war.
While I have no desire to see WWIII, I don’t trust humanity enough to think it can be completely avoided (at some point).
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, co-leader of the “Green” party, is a full fledged imbecile, plagiarist, who actually said she would support Ukraine “no matter what my German voters think.” When would it be appropriate to ask why the Germans like and vote for her?
Germans are widely known for their uncanny aptitude to vote the worst possible people in and then follow it up with unquestioning obedience. They have more a culture of being told what to do then tell what they want.
It is unfortunatelly so true. Tend to be honest and hardworking. But not in touch with their feelings.
Germany is also a country that is not homogenous as it serms. After Hitler, the image was left of this uniform, ibedient country, Yet it still is divided aling its original lines that existed upon unification. Eastern Germany, protestant former Prussian lands do nor see things same as the Western part, predominsntly Catholic, with the roots in former wealthy European city-states. Hitler’s base of support came more from Catholic states and less from protestsnt.
Eastern Germany being part of Soviet block only increased the divide. Support for Greens is low in the east. It is inly because of city progressives that Greens got votes.
Yet, Greens are minority party — holding two critical portfolios, foreign affairs and economy. They are exposed. Should Germans become unhappy, it will be easy for Scholtz to change coalition partner, In East Germany — regular protests against Nato push for war. Those protests are grassroots, ordinary people. But their party, Alternative for Germany has been marginalized by relentless media barrage against “populism”. Yep. There is no place for democracy in democracy.
The Republicans are a minority party too, but they outfox the democrats every time.
It is much more complex, there is still much of the war propaganda mixed in with opinions. There is more to German history than 12 Hitler years, just like there is much more to Russian history and culture then the Soviet Union.
The USA has a short history, but is faced with racial issues, constant wars and has no challenged borders. But economic problems like other nations. Canada is not challenging and neither is Mexico, they are not invading the US to get back the S. West and California, or the American Indians wanting their nations land back. Germany shares borders with 9 nations.
And China is the new enemy of the USA. The German economy with the EU is being demolished, that was the purpose of the pipelines sabotage, Russia turnes out to be stronger than expected, then there is China. China has the same interests as Russia, to resist the hegemon, The neocons did not expect that, they are digging their own grave too.
Good question. Are Germans that dense not to see the script? After Ukraine, Germany should bleed to fullfil Anglo dream of destroying Russia. For hundreds of years British and now American elite has the obsesdion with Russia. Cannot get over the prospect of riches that are there untapped for financialization plunder.
One is reminded of Roman obsession with Chartage and its wealth in trade. Even after Hannibal Chartage set up peace with Rome and was no threat — Cato used to finish every speach iin Roman Senate with “Chartago delkenda est”. Must be destroyed. No threat, partner — but must be destroyed.
Just like Russia after the fall of Soviet Union. Tried partnership, inclusion in Western institutions, to no avail. Russia must be destroyed — the obsession was clear with every manufactured case, every propaganda campaign.
All is set up. Ukraine to bleed first, following by Poland and finally Germany. Ukraine and Poland are of the same cloth. Too dense for own good. Germany seemingly ready to step on that same rake for the umptheen time.
Except that Carthage has seen through the “peaceful” Rome long time ago, and did not wait to be attacked,. Will Russia play the role of Geiserix and his Vandals who sacked the Rome so thoroughly that it never recovered until its inconspicuous end in 476?
The UK, the Anglo-Saxon did all they could to put a wedge between Russia and Germany, it was the seed for WWI, the colonial empire was dying and the Bismarck Germany was a growing industrial power house, just like China is now a big competitor of the US. Take it from there.
Another peaceful day on planet earth….
Everyone is trying to avoid a direct war with Russia. They flat out say it out loud. And yet Ukraine just can’t understand why they aren’t getting enough to “win”. Are they that dense?
The goal is for both sides to grind each other into leaf mold. Keep things going so more money can be made-raise food prices for good,impoverish the masses.
There is a certain cruelty to that.
Yes,the truth is cruel.
“German Foreign Minister Appears in Kharkiv as Pressure to Provide Ukraine Tanks Mounts Scholz
previously said he was trying to avoid a direct war between Russia and
NATO when explaining why he wouldn’t send Kyiv tanks”
Talking to German military friends they are running low on weapons to defend Germany. The German government shirked their purchase of spare parts for many years so their tank fleet dispatch reliability is not great among the limited tanks they have.
The German tanks are a better choice than the American gas hogs though. American tanks are powered by turbine engines (Jet Engines) that need constant refueling, German tanks are powered by diesel engines that are more fuel efficient.
If the environmentalists will allow the increased use of diesel engines in Europe, Haha!
They had no enemies in Europe, the NATO bombing of Serbia is still a bad historical incident and not forgotten, and rightly so.
To deliver tanks in war zones is against the German constitution. Ukraine is not a German enemy and neither is Russia. But stupid Baerbock would no know that she is just stupid more so than SarahPalin. She is like a grade school kid, but really stupid.
She is the most stupid government official ever in German history, it says a lot about Scholz and the governing coalition, what a shame, it can’t be more stupid and irresponsible.
Like Sarah Wagenknecht said, the dumbest government ever.
The entire German leadership has failed, completely.
I think they are in bed with the American elite profiting by throwing Europe under the bus. Money, lots of money is the only plausible explanation in my mind.
Have they installed a transporter in Karkiv?
Deep down Analena the Ambitious must know the meanung of German tanks going against Russia across Ukraine. Ukrainians may be dense but cannot the world see German heart beating faster at the prospectt of replaying tank battle? Only they need America to fund that. No problem, US has judt taken on the role of British empire in the past — set up wars, direct then from behind, finance them and let others bleed. And in the end, pick up choicest pieces of what remains.
INot only are Uktainians (the Western part plus Zelenskis of Ukraine) dense, so are Germans if they do not see the script written for them?
This is also the end of British Empire. Boris the New Yorker, and his admirers saw to that. Brexit was used as a golden opportunity to tie Britain to US. After all Johnson did not relinquish his American citinzenship until 2016 when he became British Foreign Minister.
One Empire less. France should have gotten a clue when booted out of Mali and Burkina Faso.
The USA ended the British empire after WWII the UK had been playing the second fiddle since then. Germany was down after 2 brutal wars and unconditional surrender, but it was needed to fight Russia, that saved it, but with Germany leading the EU became an economic competitor, so Germany and the EU must go. The neocons accomplished that, but Russia is more than they bargained for. China is on the Russian side, it is self-protection, the world has turned against US/NATO. The Arabs, India, Africa and Asia now oppose the Western powers. As the world turns is playing.
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