Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergey Nechaev
Comment by Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergey Nechaev on the German government’s decision to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks
On January 25, 2023, the German government approved the delivery of Leopard 2 heavy battle tanks to the Kiev regime. Other countries that are armed with such equipment are allowed to re-export it to Ukraine.
This extremely dangerous decision brings the conflict to a new level of confrontation and contradicts the statements of German politicians about the unwillingness of Germany to get involved in it. Unfortunately, this happens again and again. Once again, we are convinced that Germany, like its closest allies, is not interested in a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, but is determined to permanently escalate it and pump the Kiev regime with more and more deadly weapons. The “red lines” are a thing of the past.
The choice of Berlin means the final refusal of the Federal Republic of Germany to recognize its historical responsibility to our people for the terrible crimes of Nazism that have no statute of limitations during the Great Patriotic War, and the oblivion of the difficult path of post-war reconciliation between Russians and Germans. With the approval of the German leadership, battle tanks with German crosses will again be sent to the “eastern front”, which will inevitably lead to the death of not only Russian soldiers, but also civilians.
Berlin made this decision during the 80th anniversary of the break of the siege of Leningrad, in which hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens were killed. It destroys the remnants of mutual trust, causes irreparable damage to the already deplorable state of Russian-German relations, and casts doubt on the possibility of their normalization in the foreseeable future.