The heads of the German parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defense and Europe Committees visit Ukraine

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The heads of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and European Affairs Committees of the Federal Parliament are going to Ukraine today to meet with members of the Ukrainian parliament.

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Michael Roth (SPD), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP), chairman of the Defense Committee, and Anton Hofreiter (Greens), chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, arrived late yesterday. Monday night in Warsaw, intending this morning to go to a city in western Ukraine. Both the planning of the visit and the exact meeting point remain secret until the last minute, for security reasons.

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The three parliamentary officials responded to an invitation from Ukrainian MP Halina Yanchenko, vice-chairwoman of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee. “Please come. This would be a very strong political message of solidarity, unity and mutual determination. Every hour that passes counts and costs human lives,” Ms Yanchenko wrote in a letter to the heads of the three committees. According to Der Spiegel magazine, there were serious reservations about the safety of such a trip and the fact that the trip eventually takes place is mainly due to the insistence of the three deputies.

The mission was to be attended by the Green MP and head of the German-Ukrainian Bundestag team Robin Wagner, who was diagnosed with a coronavirus. Speaking to Spiegel, Mr Wagner said he would like “the chancellor to travel to Kyiv soon”, as other European leaders have already done. “Such a trip would certainly make sense only if the chancellor were to offer Ukraine the necessary support – and by that I mean the delivery of heavy weapons,” he said.

Liberal Party (FDP) Secretary-General Bijan Djer-Sarai also called for the surrender of heavy weapons to Ukraine today, saying the war was entering a new phase, “it will become even more brutal and aggressive” in the coming weeks. “This means that we must do everything we can to ensure that Ukraine is able to defend itself,” Djer-Sarai told German public television channel ARD. “There is not much time and the decision must be made. to be taken immediately.

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s former military policy adviser, Brigadier General Erich Wadd, has argued that the delivery of heavy weapons (armor, aircraft, etc.) “is potentially a way forward to World War III”. In addition, he pointed out that systems such as the Leopard tank or the Marder infantry vehicle can be used after years of training. “They are not useful to the Ukrainians militarily at the moment or in the near future,” he said in an interview with the German News Agency (DPA). But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, we must think about the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war from the end, if we do not want a Third World War, sooner or later we will have to get out of the logic of military escalation and start negotiations. “.


Source: Capital

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