The Russian Embassy in Berlin says Germany’s move to deliver the Leopard 2 to Kyiv will lead to a “permanent escalation”.
Moscow criticized Berlin’s move to Ukraine supply battle tanks and accused Germany of abandoning its “historic responsibility towards Russia” arising from the crimes of the Nazis in World War II.
On Wednesday, the Russian Embassy in Germany announced its decision to send 14 German-made Leopard 2 tank To Kyiv and allowing the allies to re-export the same models would exacerbate the war in Ukraine to a new level and lead to “permanent escalation”.
Ambassador Sergey Negayev said: “This very dangerous decision takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation and contradicts the statements of German politicians about the Federal Republic of Germany’s unwillingness to be drawn into it.”
“It destroys the remnants of mutual trust, causes irreparable damage to the already deplorable state of Russian-German relations, and casts doubt on the possibility of their normalization in the foreseeable future.”
Kyiv has called for months for Western tanks, saying they are badly needed to give troops the firepower and mobility to break through Russian defensive lines and recapture occupied territories in the east and south.
Moscow has repeatedly said that Western-supplied tanks will “burn” and rejected suggestions that it would affect the outcome of 11 months. conflictWarning that they will only prolong the suffering of the Ukrainians.
The German move is expected to pave the way for Poland, Finland and a host of other European countries to supply Ukraine with tanks from their own Leopard 2 stocks.
“With the consent of the German command, battle tanks with German crosses will again be sent to the” Eastern Front “, which will inevitably lead to the death of not only Russian soldiers, but also the civilian population,” said Nechaev.
The UK has already committed to deliver 14 of its Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Kyiv, while the US is preparing to reverse course and supply Ukraine with more than 30 of its own M1 Abrams tanks.