Berlin called on to stop sending weapons to Ukraine — Analysis
Armed supplies to Kiev prolong the suffering of Ukrainians. They also risk WWIII.
Germany should consider the risks of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev spreading beyond Ukraine’s borders and plunging the world into a full-scale Third World War, dozens of German cultural figures have told Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in an open letter calling on him to stop sending arms to Ukraine.
A risk of Russia’s military action in Ukraine escalating into a “nuclear conflict”Co-authors of the letter, which was published in Emma German Feminist Magazine, said that they should avoid Scholz’s writings at all costs. “remember [his] initial position”Would you? “not supply any more heavy weapons to Ukraine, either directly or indirectly.”Berlin ought to be the alternative. “do everything”Help the sides to reach an agreement “as soon as possible”To find out more, “compromise that both sides can accept.”
“Delivery of large quantities of heavy weapons … could make Germany itself a party to war. The NATO Treaty could trigger an immediate response if Russia counterattacks. [result] in an immediate danger of a world war,”This is the warning.
Co-authors of this letter include German artists, musicians and filmmakers. They warn that continued arms supply to Ukraine forces could lead to a new crisis. “a global arms race with catastrophic consequences,”It also includes for global health, and climate change. The letter was signed, among other things, by Antje Vollmer (ex-vice president, Bundestag), who co-authored a similar letter to Scholz and Martin Walser. Martin Walser is one of Germany’s most famous authors and has won the Peace Prize, German Book Trade.
The co-authors do say that they consider Russia’s military action in Ukraine “aggression,”However, you can add that even “legitimate resistance”Ukrainians have reached an “intolerably disproportionate”It prolongs the suffering of Ukrainians.
To think that a nuclear war could be caused by a single side would not be wrong would be an error. Responsibility would also fall on those responsible for it. “openly provide it with a reason”This is the argument of the letter. “Morally binding norms are universal in nature,”This is what it points out.
In just two hours, almost 8,000 people supported the appeal that was opened to sympathetic signatures.
A group of German public officials signed a letter last week urging Berlin to stop arms sales to Kiev. They also warned Scholz of the dangers of Germany becoming a party to the conflict, and putting themselves at risk. “another big war.”
So far, no response has been received from the German government to any of those letters.
This news comes as Berlin contemplates sending 100 Marder infantry combat vehicles (IFVs), to Ukraine. According to Reuters, earlier this week the German government promised a quick decision regarding the agreement. However, approval is still required by authorities.
Scholz stated that Germany will send just one troop in April. “correct and reasonable”Weapons to Kiev and that they have no plans to ship “offensive”Even though repeated requests from Ukraine for weapons such as tanks and other military equipment, they refused to send them. This apparently didn’t go down well with Annalena Berbock (Foreign Minister), who demanded more weapons be sent to Kiev and added that “now is not the time for excuses.”
Germany – together with other NATO members – has been supplying Ukraine with arms almost since the start of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev. Berlin, although it has so far not sent any heavy weapons to Ukraine has still provided thousands of anti-tank guns for the Ukrainian army.
Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself to be neutral so that it can join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.