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"Traffic light government acts against the will of the majority of the population"

Left politician Sahra Wagenknecht has accused the federal government of serious security policy mistakes.

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"Traffic light government acts against the will of the majority of the population"

Left politician Sahra Wagenknecht has accused the federal government of serious security policy mistakes. "With the decision to deliver Marder tanks, the traffic light is further contributing to the escalation in the most dangerous conflict since the Second World War," said Wagenknecht WELT AM SONNTAG. The government is acting "against the will of the majority of the population, since according to polls two-thirds do not support an increase in arms supplies to Ukraine".

The member of the Bundestag went on to say: "Instead of irresponsibly dragging Germany deeper and deeper into this war, Scholz could and should have used the ceasefire ordered by Putin for the Orthodox Christmas for a diplomatic peace initiative." Instead of working towards speedy peace negotiations, Russia is completely unrealistic and only prolongs the suffering and death in Ukraine.

The tank delivery was also shamefully forgotten about history, Wagenknecht complained. "We should remember that 27 million people, including many millions of Russians, were killed in the Nazis' brutal extermination campaign against what was then the Soviet Union."

For months, the Ukrainian government had asked the Western Allies, and Germany in particular, for battle tanks and armored personnel carriers. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had repeatedly emphasized that Germany would not act alone on this issue and pointed out that no other NATO country had ever sent such tanks to Ukraine.

After much hesitation, Germany is now supplying the “Marder” infantry fighting vehicle to the Ukraine. Our military expert Guido Schmidtke explains what this tank can do and what it is used for on the battlefield.

Source: WORLD / Guido Schmidtke

On Thursday, Scholz and US President Joe Biden then agreed in a telephone call that Germany and the US would supply Ukraine with infantry fighting vehicles for the fight against Russian attackers for the first time since the war began on February 24, 2022. The US sends Bradley tanks. In addition, the federal government is following suit with the Patriot system, the delivery of which Washington had already promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj shortly before Christmas.

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