Britain could take up to ten years to replenish Ukraine’s depleted arms stockpiles. According to the Kingdom’s General Staff, deliveries to Kyiv are poorly controlled and dangerous for Europe’s defensive future. Slovenia, which was hesitating until the last moment whether or not to give Ukraine 35 infantry fighting vehicles, was rushed by the United States with a “special bonus”. And Germany, for the first time, directly sent a batch of heavy weapons to Kyiv. Why is Ukraine still not enough?
A storm cloud hung over Olaf Scholz’s head again. An idea that is politically incorrect in today’s political realities was expressed by his adviser Jens Plötner. He allowed himself to attack Ukraine, saying that a country cannot automatically become a good rule of law, even if everyone around it considers it a victim. And secondly, he complained that the entire German media machine is geared towards justifying arms supplies to Kyiv, but for some reason no one wonders what to do with Russia later.
“I think we need to take precise measures to improve the culture of strategic discussion in Germany. I have the feeling that the discussion of important issues in our country is often very fast, hectic and important issues are overlooked. I will give an example The Send 20 Marder IFV statement could fill many newspaper pages, but there are far fewer major articles about what our relationship with Russia will actually look like in the future,” Jens Plötner is convinced.
Hard-liners in the ruling coalition said that both Pletner and the chancellor were wrong, which side is the historical truth, and, based on the experience of the last decades, called again for large-scale support for the authorities of Kyiv.
“Plötner’s statements publicly explain for the first time why the German government has so many problems with the supply of heavy weapons,” the German politician comments on the situation.
“Now is not the time to think of Russia with love, we need to help Ukraine,” said another.
Everyone had to make excuses. The German defense minister said the country will continue to supply weapons to Ukraine, although she did not specify dates or routes for security reasons. The chancellor went to speak in the Bundestag, where he had to pretend to be a harsh critic of Russia, but at the same time call for dialogue.
“Future relations with Russia are an important factor. To be clear, partnership with Russia, which was declared a goal in the 2010 strategic concept, with Putin’s aggressive imperialist Russia is not possible in the foreseeable future. But we cannot follow the path”. Wrong way. It would not be wise for us to unilaterally break the “Russia-NATO” founding act. This will only play into the hands of President Putin and his propaganda,” emphasizes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
In general, he’s had to balance himself a lot lately, although it’s often uncomfortable. While in Lithuania in early June, he promised to send several thousand German troops to NATO’s eastern flank in the name of Baltic security. But he sent only 50, causing bewilderment, Politico writes.
Scholz also gets it from the opposition, which demands to stop all these military maneuvers and the pumping of weapons into Ukraine.
The issue of arming Ukraine threatens a parliamentary crisis in Italy. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced that he was leaving the Five Star movement, because the leaders are against sending weapons, and he is in favor.
“Today, there is a painful election that I couldn’t even think about. I and others are leaving the movement, which from tomorrow will no longer be the main force in parliament. I hope to achieve the same results, and from today a new start.” the path for the people, who have chosen to look to the future”, said the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry.
The parliamentary crisis in France, where the people, protesting Macron’s policy of sending weapons to Ukraine, voted for the right and the left: both call to leave the joint command of NATO and stop living alone with European problems . There are quite a few of their own in the country: food and gasoline prices are going up. Macron will address the nation on the night of June 22. Meanwhile, his Secretary of State for European Affairs, who was almost eliminated in the second round of parliamentary elections, is once again talking about Ukraine.
“Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow we will grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for the EU. This will be the beginning of a long negotiation process with certain conditions. There will be no accelerated procedure, no exceptions,” says Secretary of State Clément Bon.
This idea has too many opponents within the EU, but Ursula von der Leyen is trying to “keep face” and persuade them to accept this idea.
Talk by France and Germany that Ukraine’s acceptance process will not be quick is increasingly irritating Poland, which claims to be the new EU leader. According to the American magazine Foreign Policy, distrust is growing in Berlin and Paris due to their declarations that Russia has been and will continue to be a member of the European Union. Witold Waszczykowski, former Polish Foreign Minister and now Witold Waszczykowski MEP, has the same idea.
“The visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Kyiv did not become a turning point. It only strengthened our confidence that these politicians will bet on Russia’s return to Europe’s economic circulatory system. I don’t think Macron or Scholz will change. They both said that, despite everything, it is necessary to maintain a dialogue with Putin, ”says Waszczykowski.
But even Poles are already beginning to understand that they won’t have enough coal to heat their homes this winter. The conversation about the transition to “green” energy was generally somewhat silent. It will not be possible to increase production in the mines, imported raw materials are not suitable for heating. It remains to lower your eyes and order coal from Russia, writes the author of an article in the Myśl Polska newspaper.
“There will not be enough coal. The minister just puts a brave face on a bad game, hoping that in the end everything will work itself out and the ingenious Poles will manage on their own. Apparently, the interested parties also understand this, a clear proof of which are the empty coal deposits, bought by the prudent. We have just realized that when the government tells us not to panic, it is time to do just that, “says the Polish journalist.
In Germany, at the level of the Ministry of Finance, it was understood for a long time that the Germans themselves will have to pay for the almost complete severance of economic relations with Russia.
“What worries me is that in a few weeks and months we could have a very worrying situation… This is three to five years of deficit. There is a risk of an economic crisis that must be taken very seriously due to a sharp increase.” in energy prices, due to problems in the supply chain, as well as inflation”, warns German Finance Minister Christian Lindner.
Everyone has already felt it. Christmas tree vendors in the summer raised prices in advance for this integral attribute of the winter holidays.
While the government, amid problems with gas supplies via Nord Stream, hastened to look for fuel across the ocean – negotiations are underway with Canada – a report was published in Belgium stating that one in seven residents of the kingdom in the first three months of this year was barely making ends meet. The worst of all is in the capital, in Brussels. And the peak of inflation has not yet passed. But the EU leadership, being in its own bubble, time and time again advises the people there to save more.
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