The Deputy Chairman of the Bundestag, Katrin Goering-Eckardt, spoke out against the “Manifesto for Peace” in Ukraine, previously proposed to stop the sending of weapons to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Ms Goering-Eckardt argues that it is necessary to continue sending military aid to Ukraine, including to avoid the mistakes of 2014.
“The call for peace talks and an immediate end to all military support for Ukraine is not only naive, but also dishonest. Peace and freedom can only exist on equal terms. Military support is now a necessary prerequisite for preparing for subsequent peace negotiations, since peace cannot be imposed and the mistakes of 2014 cannot be repeated, ”said the deputy chairman of the Bundestag in an interview with the Fanke media group (quote from TASS).
On February 10, the petition “Manifesto for Peace” was published on change.org, initiated by Bundestag deputy Sarah Wagenknecht and journalist Alisa Schwarzer. They were later joined by 69 German politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs. The petition says that neither side will be able to win the fighting in Ukraine, and therefore the conflict must be resolved at the negotiating table.
The authors of the initiative point out that German citizens cannot influence the United States or Russia, but they can remind the German government of its responsibility to their country. In this regard, the initiators called on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to stop the supply of weapons and lead the ceasefire alliance. To date, the petition has been signed by more than 247,000 people.
On February 7, Germany announced the shipment of 178 Leopard 1 heavy tanks to Ukraine. Initially, the FRG refused to supply Western-made equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, Olaf Scholz assured that citizens should not worry, since Berlin, by its actions, prevents the escalation. After agreeing to send the tanks, Ukraine asked for fighter jets. The Ministry of Defense of Germany excluded their deliveries.
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