July 2, 2022

Olaf Scholz Rejects Criticism That Germany Is Not Supporting Ukraine Sufficiently With Heavy Weapons. 

Domestic And International Pressure  To Help Ukraine Repel Russian Invasion By Supplying Kyiv With Heavy Weapons Such As Tanks And Howitzers And Supporting An Immediate European Union Embargo On  Russian Energy Imports To Deprive President Vladimir Putin Of Hard Currency, “I Make My Decisions Quickly And In Coordination With Our Partners,” Scholz Told The “Bild Am Sonntag” Newspaper In An Interview. “I Find The Ill-considered Actions And Loners Of The Germans Questionable.On April 26,  After Weeks Of Pressure At Home And Abroad  Amid Confusion Over Its Position, Germany Announced Its First Shipment Of Heavy Arms To Ukraine. 

The German Government,  Also Keen To Reduce Its Heavy Reliance On Imported Russian Energy, Has Approved Deliveries Of Chepard Tanks  With Anti-aircraft Guns. The Move Was Backed By 55 Percent Of Germans, Who Said In An Opinion Poll That Europe’s Largest Economy Should Supply Ukraine With Such Weapons. However, The Decision Did Nothing To Reverse Public Perceptions Of Scholz. As  Indecisive And Unguided. An Opinion Poll Published In Bild Am Sonntag Showed That 54 Percent Are Dissatisfied With Scholz’s Handling Of The Crisis.His Approval Rating Dropped To 32 Percent, The Poll Found. Critics, Including Ukraine’s Ambassador To Germany, Have Accused Berlin Of Supplying Heavy Weapons To Ukraine And Slowing Down Other Measures That Could Help Kyiv Fend Off Russian Forces, Such As An Embargo On Russian Energy Imports. 

They Said Berlin Is Not Showing The Leadership One Would Expect From A Great Power And Its Hesitation Amid Concerns About The Economic Impact Of A Ban On Russian Gas Supplies On Germany Cost Ukrainian Lives. The Greens And Free Democrats, Junior Coalition Partners Of The Scholz Social Democrats, Are More Interested In Providing More Military Aid To Ukraine. Scholz Has Had To Balance Their Demands With Those Of Left-leaning Members Of His Party Who Say Delivering Heavy Weapons To Ukraine Risks Provoking A Russian Military Response In A Third Country And Sparking A Broader Conflict.

Scholz, A Social Democrat Whose Party Long Championed Rapprochement With Russia After World War Ii, Warned Of The Risk Of Moscow Perceiving Germany As A Party To The Conflict, Which Could Lead To A “Third World War”.

Moscow Calls Its Actions A “Special Military Operation” To Disarm Ukraine And Rid It Of Anti-russian Nationalism Fomented By The West. Ukraine And The West Say Russia Launched An Unprovoked War Of Aggression.

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