The parliamentarians of the German opposition Union (CDU and CSU) tried to convince the government coalition to deliver tanks to Ukraine. However, MPs from the SPD, the Greens and the FDP jointly rejected this proposal in the Bundestag, informs the portal RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
The CDU and CSU were convincing the coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP in the Bundestag on Thursday about the need to provide Ukraine with tanks. After nearly an hour of debate, the coalition MPs and the Left wing rejected the motion. Only the AfD voted with the Union. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) did not speak at the meeting, notes RND.
As the deputy head of the EU faction, Johann Wadephul, explained during the debate, Russia’s war with Ukraine entered a new phase after Vladimir Putin partially mobilized 300,000 Russian reservists. “This is Russian imperialism that cannot be victorious,” argued Wadephul. He also referred to the Bundestag resolution of April 28, which allowed the delivery of heavy heavy weapons, but according to the opposition, “it is not being properly implemented”. “This policy of Germany now causes a deep division in Europe” – added the EU politician.
SPD parliamentarians argued that Germany had so far provided Ukraine with “a lot of weapons”, including the Gepard anti-aircraft tanks and self-propelled howitzers, but that Germany’s contribution was “constantly underestimated and criticized”, according to them.
CSU MP Florian Hahn recalled that while waiting for the weapons promised by Germany, other European countries transferred their resources to Ukraine, making them vulnerable – despite their border with Russia.-
“The Greens and the Liberals (FDP) were also opposed to the Union’s proposal. Their behavior was awaited with interest, as calls for the supply of tanks were also flowing from the ranks of these parties,” RND notes. “there must be an appropriate balance between systems” and the aid provided “more concrete”.
Nouripur also recalled that it was EU Members who rejected 50 million euros in loans for small and medium-sized enterprises in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, in the budget committee, on the grounds that “this money is needed in Germany”.
FDP defense expert Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann noted, however, that it was the EU, with 16 years of its chancellor and defense ministry, “left behind a catastrophe”, “empty arms depots and collapsed infrastructure”.