Russian ambassador: German tanks being despatched to Ukraine 'extraordinarily harmful'

Russia’s ambassador to Germany on Wednesday condemned the nation’s resolution to ship tanks to help Ukrainian defenses, saying it’s “extraordinarily harmful” and can push the conflict to a “new stage of confrontation.” 

Ambassador Sergey Nechaev argued Germany’s motion exhibits it isn’t eager about a diplomatic decision to the battle and needs to have “everlasting escalation” and “limitless flooding” of Ukraine with weapons, in response to an announcement posted on the web site of Russia’s embassy in Berlin and reported by the Russian state-run media outlet TASS.

“With the permission of the German management, battle tanks with German crosses will likely be dispatched once more to the ‘Jap entrance’ which is able to inevitably result in the deaths of not solely Russian troopers but in addition civilians,” Nechaev mentioned. 

Germany introduced on Wednesday that it plans to ship 14 of its Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine after weeks of stress to take action from Western allies. It should additionally approve requests from different nations to ship the German-made tanks to Ukraine. 

Poland has been among the many Western nations most vocal about desirous to ship the tanks to Ukraine, however Germany must log off on sending any of its tanks to nations outdoors NATO. 

Germany’s resolution seems probably to assist spur the Biden administration to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to help Ukraine. America has additionally proven hesitancy to ship its tanks to Ukraine in latest weeks regardless of encouragement from its Western allies. 

Nechaev mentioned the German authorities sending the tanks abandons the “troublesome path of post-war reconciliation” between Russia and Germany, referring to when the 2 nations fought one another throughout World Struggle II. 

“It destroys the remnants of mutual belief, brings irreparable injury to already poor Russian-German relations and solid doubt on the potential of their normalization within the foreseeable future,” he mentioned.