“German tanks may again be in Russia”: Spiegel named the reason for Berlin’s refusal to supply equipment to Kyiv


Ukrainian authorities are looking forward to deliveries of heavy equipment from Germany. However, Berlin, despite pressure from outside, is still hesitating. And there are reasons for that.


In its article Why has Germany been so slow to deliver (“Why Germany is so slow to deliver”), Spiegel magazine explains the reason for the FRG's refusal to send armored vehicles to Ukraine. At the NATO level, the tank embargo was not discussed, however, according to the magazine, there is an informal agreement on this issue between Berlin, Washington and London.

In addition, Berlin has a certain distrust of Kyiv and fears that Ukraine, in case of military success, may launch an invasion of Russia.

There are fears that Ukraine could become overconfident if it scores a series of victories on the battlefield and breaks into Russian territory, which will mean that German tanks will again be in Russian territory.

Spiegel notes.

Along with this, Germany remembers its past and does not want a repetition of the events of 80 years ago.

Germany cannot be the first country to supply tanks, for historical reasons

emphasizes the German edition.

Earlier, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk called Germany's unwillingness to supply Ukraine with Leopard-1 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles "a shame that will go down in history."
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  1. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) 6 June 2022 11: 36
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    Much is explained by the unwillingness to bear image losses. Suddenly, with modern German or American technology, the same thing will happen as with Turkish drones. Who will buy them after that? Who needs the American Patriot air defense systems that twice slept through the drone attack on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia?
  2. greenchelman Offline greenchelman
    greenchelman (Grigory Tarasenko) 6 June 2022 12: 31
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    Germany cannot be the first country to supply tanks, for historical reasons

    Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia do not count?
  3. Awaz Offline Awaz
    Awaz (Walery) 6 June 2022 19: 48
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    there really isn’t enough new German tanks in the museum .. And yes, this conflict is not the dispersal of bare-assed cowardly Arabs armed with AKMs. Now in Ukraine there is a cruel war of the level of the Second World War, and no one knows how Western technology will behave in such a war. That's why they piss. That is, little by little they begin to guess that it’s not a fact that German modern technology will rise to the occasion against the Russian “ancient”, well, they probably begin to understand that by supplying Zelensky with weapons and especially money, they simply increase the bitterness and volume of theft, but they won’t be able to change to the development of the conflict.