According to them, the Germans remember the monstrous events of the middle of the last century well, and public opinion polls indicate that the majority of citizens are opposed to the supply of heavy machinery to Ukraine.
“Germany’s reluctance here can be summed up in one word, and that is ‘history’,” the publication notes.
According to the authors, the Germans really want to be seen as a partner, not an aggressor, which is why they are especially sensitive about supplying arms to countries where German weapons were previously used to kill millions of people.
Recall that earlier the participants of the meeting at the Ramstein base could not make a decision on the supply of heavy tanks to Kyiv. This requires the consent of Germany, in which they are produced. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said the country is not yet ready to supply Leopard tanks to Kyiv, but appointed an inspection of this type of weapons to assess the scenario for a positive decision in the future.
A little later, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock said that Berlin would not mind if Poland supplied Ukraine with Leopard tanks.