German Parliament fails to vote on decision to supply tanks to Ukraine

German Parliament fails to vote on decision to supply tanks to Ukraine
German Parliament fails to vote on decision to supply tanks to Ukraine

Deputies of the coalition and members of the “left” faction with their votes prevented the immediate adoption of a relevant decision in parliament.

The German parliament was unable to vote for the proposal of the CDU/CSU Opposition Bloc for the immediate supply of tanks and other armored vehicles to Ukraine.

According to NTV, a document called “Defending peace and freedom in Europe – resolutely supporting Ukraine with heavy weapons now” was proposed to be put to the vote. The document contained a call to immediately grant permission for the export to Ukraine of battle tanks and armored personnel carriers from the stocks of German industry. In addition, it contained a demand to send additional heavy weapons to Ukraine.

However, the deputies of the coalition and members of the “left” faction with their votes prevented the immediate adoption of a decision in parliament. Instead, the CDU/CSU proposal was referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee for discussion, which would significantly delay a decision.

Meanwhile, during the discussion, some deputies of the ruling coalition supported the initiative of the opposition. The MP from the “free democrats” Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmerman called for the supply of German tanks. Her party believes that “in the current military situation, in which the Ukrainian army is gradually reclaiming territories,” Germany should at least transfer Fuchs armored personnel carriers and Marder infantry fighting vehicles. “And if the situation requires it, then perhaps the Leopard battle tank,” said Strack-Zimmermann.

Problems with providing Ukraine with German tanks: details

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht are of the opinion that Ukraine does not need to supply tanks.

In July, the head of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, said that Germany needed to abandon the so-called circular deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine and start supplying them directly. “We must find the courage to admit that circular deliveries do not work as we imagined, and accordingly we must switch to direct deliveries instead,” Strack-Zimmerman explained then her position.

And on September 22, President Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the situation with the provision of weapons by Germany to Ukraine. The President noted that the tanks will not put an end to the war. “Armored vehicles for us are a matter of survival for Ukrainians… These are not only tanks, these are also Matadors (anti-tank grenade launchers), these are armored vehicles that Germany has, which we really want and ask Scholz,” Zelensky said .

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