Russia reminds Germany of how WW2 ended — Analysis
Following the vote of German parliament in favor heavy weapons delivery to Ukraine by Medvedev, an ex-president issued a harsh warning
Dmitry Medvedev, who served as Russia’s president from 2008 until 2012 and who is currently the deputy chairman of the country’s security council, has alluded to how the Second World War ended for Germany, after that country’s parliament supported the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine.
Medvedev wrote that sitting German politicians are jealous, in a Thursday post on Telegram. “laurels of their predecessors who sat in the German parliament under a different name in the last century.”A Russian official advised that such a scenario was not acceptable “ends sadly”German parliament.
The comments were made after the German Bundestag had passed a motion asking that Berlin’s Federal Government deliver stronger and more complicated weaponry to Kiev in order to better equip Ukraine to face the Russian invasion.
Titled “Defend peace and freedom in Europe – comprehensive support for Ukraine,”With 100 additional votes against the document and seven voting for it, 586 of them backed it.
The motion was proposed by both the Christian Democratic opposition and the ruling coalition. “acceleration of the delivery of more effective, also heavier weapons and more complex systems by Germany.” The lawmakers, however, noted that the shipments should not be carried out at the expense of Germany’s own defense capabilities.
Legislators from right-leaning Alterative for Germany, and Left opposed the plan during the discussion.
On top of the call for heavy weaponry to be provided to Ukraine, the motion also gave backing to all the steps taken by Olaf Scholz’s government already, including sanctions against Russia and assistance in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine. Moreover, the lawmakers supported the German government’s push to make the country less dependent on Russian energy.
“The German Bundestag condemns Russia’s brutal aggressive war against Ukraine in the strongest possible terms,”According to the motion It also accused the Kremlin “breaking international humanitarian law in a blatant manner,”Also, try to “destroy the European peace order permanently.”
On Tuesday, Germany’s Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced that the government in Berlin had given the green light for the delivery of self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine. She broke the news during defense talks hosted by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the American airbase Ramstein in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state.
Lambrecht explained the following: “Ukraine will order”Hardware from German Manufacturers and “Germany will pay.”Berlin will contribute around two billion Euros to finance the project, according to the minister.
German media reported that Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a defense contractor, could send up to 50 self-propelled, anti-aircraft guns, of the Gepard design. These guns were decommissioned by Germany’s military in 2010. However, they are still in stock. The hardware is designed to destroy cruise missiles, aircraft and can engage ground targets. German officials did not reveal any specific dates for when Kiev would receive the Gepards. German media reported, however that the hardware had to first be restored by the manufacturer before being shipped to Ukraine.
It would be delivered in accordance with the swap program under which countries from eastern Europe donate heavy Soviet-made weaponry to Ukraine. They then receive German military hardware. Berlin pledged support to the Ukrainian army in training.
Earlier in April, reports appeared in several German media outlets suggesting that the country’s Rheinmetall arms manufacturer was prepared to sell 88 decommissioned Leopard tanks to Ukraine, along with ammunition, spare parts and tools. The company was reportedly awaiting the German government’s approval to go ahead with the shipment.
Russia for its part has repeatedly condemned NATO arms deliveries to Ukraine, insisting that these hamper peace prospects in the country. Moscow made clear, however that Russian troops would not be allowed to deliver military hardware once they cross the Ukrainian border.
“NATO is essentially going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy. War means war,” Russia’s Foreign Minister said on Monday.
Russia attacked the 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 protocols were created to grant the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine officially declares itself to be neutral so that it will not join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.