Germany’s transfer to ship Leopard 2s to Kyiv will result in ‘everlasting escalation’, says Russian embassy in Berlin.
Moscow has slammed Berlin’s transfer to provide Ukraine with battle tanks and accused Germany of abandoning its “historic accountability to Russia” arising from Nazi crimes in World Conflict II.
The Russian embassy in Germany mentioned on Wednesday the choice to ship 14 German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv and permit allies to re-export the identical fashions would worsen the battle in Ukraine to a brand new degree and result in “everlasting escalation”.
“This extraordinarily harmful choice takes the battle to a brand new degree of confrontation and contradicts the statements of German politicians in regards to the unwillingness of the Federal Republic of Germany to be drawn into it,” Ambassador Sergei Nechayev mentioned.
“It destroys the remnants of mutual belief, causes irreparable harm to the already deplorable state of Russian-German relations, and casts doubt on the opportunity of their normalisation within the foreseeable future.”
Kyiv has for months referred to as for Western tanks, arguing they’re desperately wanted to offer troops firepower and mobility to interrupt via Russian defensive strains and recapture occupied territory within the east and south.
Moscow has repeatedly mentioned Western-supplied tanks will “burn” and dismissed strategies they may have an effect on the end result of the 11-month battle, warning they may solely delay Ukrainian struggling.
Germany’s transfer is predicted to pave the best way for Poland, Finland and a bunch of different European nations to supply Ukraine tanks from their very own shares of Leopard 2s.
“With the approval of the management of Germany, battle tanks with German crosses will once more be despatched to the ‘jap entrance’, which can inevitably result in the deaths of not solely Russian troopers, but in addition the civilian inhabitants,” Nechayev mentioned.
The UK has already pledged to ship 14 of its Challenger 2 battle tanks to Kyiv, whereas the USA is poised to reverse course and provide Ukraine with greater than 30 of its personal M1 Abrams.