Israeli military analyst calls Germany's and France’s temporizing amid war in Ukraine “disgusting”

20 June, 10:38 AM
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Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

During the war that Russia has waged against Ukraine, Germany and France are watching to see which side the balance tips, Israeli Defence Forces officer and military analyst Yigal Levin told NV.

According to him, Ukraine is currently in "extremely difficult conditions", when it accepts any assistance, even diplomatic.

"After all, France is a nuclear state, one of the important states of the European Union and Europe, and the world in general. That's why even such seemingly hypocritical support on the part of Macron is also deemed support,” Levin said.

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“You can't pick and choose. Of course, diplomacy does not work that way. That's why we have to smile, we have to meet, we all have to talk together, and so on," the analyst added.

Levin believes this also applies to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who slowed down the transfer of 40 Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine from Spain and the supply of Marder infantry fighting vehicles.

"Here, again, they are watching where the scales tip. Now we see that Russia is trying to make a stand, concentrating all its forces in the Donbas, on the axis where we have Izyum, Bakhmut, Lysychansk and Severodonetsk. But there they are with colossal losses, barely gnawing out at every house in every village,” said the military analyst.

At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine had not yet conducted a general military counteroffensive, they were only of a tactical level. According to Levin, as soon as this happens, the Chancellor of Germany might offer Ukraine ‘100 Marder IFVs to side with the winners.’

"So that later, when it is diplomatically declared that Kherson has been liberated, Germany will claim that in particular, with [their] help. Now it is risky. They just [sit on the fence] and watch in which direction where the wind blows. That's all. It's disgusting, but it's politics," he added.

German media reported that in recent months, Olaf Scholz's government has minimized arms supplies to Ukraine. Die Welt reported that only two small consignments of weapons arrived in Ukraine between March 30 and May 26.

After a visit to Ukraine on June 16, together with the leaders of France, Italy and Romania, Scholz assured that Germany would hand over heavy weapons to Ukraine in time so that they could be used in the battle for Donbas.

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