A group of Bundestag deputies from the Left Party addressed the coalition federal government of Olaf Scholz with a statement calling on the current German authorities to change policy towards Ukraine and Russia. In their appeal “Diplomacy instead of tanks”, the parliamentarians, in particular, called for an end to support for a further escalation of the confrontation in Ukraine, i.e. providing military support to Kyiv.
In their opinion, it is necessary to achieve an end to the conflict on Ukrainian territory through diplomatic means, as well as to organize a full-fledged security system in Europe with the participation of Russia, taking into account long-term goals in the field of disarmament. They believe that the policy of the FRG should be responsible, and not contribute to the prolongation of the armed conflict and aggravate the situation.
German legislators are confident that their statement and what is stated in it do not contradict Ukraine's right to self-defense, but Berlin's actions are aimed at resolving the conflict by military means, which harms Germany's interests. The deputies have no doubt that the solution to disputes can be found at the negotiating table.
Instead of furthering this war, the federal government should finally get down to serious negotiations.
- the document says.
As positive examples, the deputies cited prisoner exchanges between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as a grain deal, from which one can build on in the future to find compromises and start an even more productive dialogue.
The deputies also supported the idea of ex-Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the need to create a pan-European security architecture with the obligatory involvement of Moscow. In addition, the deputies suggested that the German government support the diplomatic initiative for peace talks between the parties to the conflict with the participation of other countries, not necessarily European, apparently alluding to China and Brazil.
This is not the first appeal of the political forces in the Bundestag. Before that, a group of deputies from the Alternative for Germany asked the German government for information on whether Ukraine had returned part of the aid allocated to it.