The German decision was driven by a lot of pressures faced by the government from the United States and European allies, and Ukraine, where Berlin agreed at the end of last April to support Kyiv with a number of heavy weapons, in a clear shift in the policy of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who has repeatedly stressed that he will be satisfied with sending light weapons.
Germany is currently planning to send 50 Gibbard anti-aircraft tanks, equipped with two 35 mm caliber tanks. It can be used against fighters and helicopters up to an altitude of 3,500 metres.
It can also be used, according to German military reports, against armored vehicles as well. However, it cannot resist and keep pace with traditional tanks, due to the small caliber of its cannon (35 mm), but it can cover a distance of up to 550 km and overcome water barriers without the need for additional equipment.
The head of the European Center for Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Jassim Muhammad, believes that the decision transformed German policy and the approval of sending tanks to Ukraine after a period of refusal. In Parliament to support the supply of heavy weapons to Kyiv, for example, the Green Party, and the opposition Christian Union.
In a statement to “Sky News Arabia”, Muhammad said that the German chancellor was under pressure, both from within the government or pressure from NATO and European Union countries, as well as intense criticism from the Ukrainian government for its refusal to supply the country with heavy weapons, so it was forced to adjust its policy on this matter. .
On the effects of the decision on Germany’s external relations and its internal political and economic situation, Muhammad clarifies that the decision will negatively affect relations between Russia and Germany and may affect Russian gas supplies to Berlin, which is estimated at 45% of the volume of consumption, noting that the matter will also affect the The economic situation is negative.
For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz once again defended the supply of arms to Ukraine to fight Russia.
“Putin leaves us with no other choice,” Schulz said in his speech to the Federal Conference of the German Trade Union Confederation, on May 9, adding that the Russian president had endangered peace in Europe, and said: “And he should not escape from it. That is why we are helping Ukraine.” .
Schulz emphasized that Putin had abandoned the principle of inviolability of borders in Europe “in the interest of his vengeful project for the Russian Empire,” and said: “Accepting this would not only mean abandoning the victims, but would also mean strengthening the aggressor in his criminal act.”