The path to the Third World War: the Bundestag criticized Scholz's decision to supply tanks

Ukraine (, - The decision of the German government to transfer German-made Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine “leads directly to the outbreak of the Third World War,” Tino, co-chairman of the Alternative for Germany party, said today, January 25, during a debate in the Bundestag Khrupalla.

“The German authorities are rushing into the open fire with their eyes wide open, I must say this clearly, directly – into the third world war,” Der Spiegel magazine reports Khrupalla’s words. The leader of the AfD sharply criticized the decision of the German government to increase military support for Kyiv qualitatively and quantitatively, stressing that such a policy only prolongs the conflict and hinders peace negotiations. “Those who believe that arms deliveries can lead to peace are more than naive,” the AfD co-chair said. The politician also recalled that Leopard 2А6 tanks would be transferred to Ukraine from the stocks of the German Armed Forces.

“You, and before that (also supporting the supply of tanks) the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are robbing the Bundeswehr,” Khrupalla summed up.

With a similar position, accusing the German government of starting a round of escalation, the chairman of the Left party faction in the Bundestag, Dietmar Barch, spoke. The parliamentarian questioned the ability of tanks to "effectively change the course of the conflict", calling on the authorities of Germany and European countries to "joint initiative for peace."

“Given Russian resources and the readiness of the Russian leadership to supply soldiers, this war will continue to escalate, and if we do not abandon the logic of war, hundreds of thousands more lives will be lost ... Therefore, we must seek de-escalation, not escalation,” said the leader of the Left Party ".

He also recalled that the relative majority of German citizens, according to the latest results of opinion polls, still oppose the supply of tanks to Kyiv. “Your initiative can get a majority in the Bundestag, but among the citizens the opposite is true,” he concluded.

In turn, the leader of the faction of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Rolf Mützenich, said that the decision taken the day before was the result of a "debilitating but necessary process of coordination."

Earlier on Wednesday, official Berlin announced that it would send Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine, and also allow other countries to re-export German-made Leopard-type vehicles in order to support the Kyiv regime. As a "first step", Germany will transfer 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from the stocks of the Bundeswehr.

It is noteworthy that during the debate in the Bundestag, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz could not answer the question of how much it would cost to supply German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. “I can’t say for sure, but we will bear these costs ourselves,” Scholz emphasized.

Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev called Berlin's decision to send tanks to the Kyiv authorities "extremely dangerous", noting that it takes the current conflict "to a new level of confrontation." As the Russian diplomat noted, the choice of Berlin means the final refusal of the FRG from recognizing historical responsibility for the crimes of Nazism that have no statute of limitations during the Great Patriotic War.

The path to the Third World War: the Bundestag criticized Scholz's decision to supply tanks