Could Germany Have Done More in Such an Important Issue for Ukraine?
Interview with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko for German agency Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland (RND) about Germany’s refusal to provide military assistance to Ukraine has come as a surprise to European experts. And European media, including the German RND, Spiegel, N-tv.de, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, etc., have even found it necessary to react to it. Thus, the RND has taken V. Prystaiko’s statement as a direct request to Germany to provide such assistance. European media do not mention when exactly this appeal appeared, they just point out that Germany did not respond to it. And analysts suggest, that probably as a result of the well-known talks between the Presidents of Ukraine and the USA, during which they agreed that Europe in general and Germany in particular could do more in such an important issue for Ukraine.
European media have emphasized that Ukraine has received considerable economic, financial and political support, especially since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war. At the same time, Germany’s attitude towards Moscow is sufficiently favorable, including in economic and geopolitical issues. It even openly pressures on European partners, supporting Russia’s construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline which is dangerous for European gas independence and harming for Ukraine. And the German Chancellor personally does this, despite the economic sanctions imposed by the United States against the countries and companies participating in the project. Argumentation of the threat posed to Europe by the monopoly supply of Russian natural gas cannot “beat” the prospect of Germany’s financial profits. And its cooperation with Russia can provide it with the role of a dominant gas distributor on the European continent.
German Chancellor’s perception of the role of the gas pipeline and the refusal to provide military assistance to Ukraine were influenced by geopolitical factors such as Germany’s possible role in the future of the EU, NATO and the collective security system, the argumentation of the German leadership in confronting the USA about the need to take into account positions of other countries of the EU, intensive activity in Europe of the Chinese “The Belt and Road” strategic initiative and so on. A significant lobbying role was played by the active position of Russia’s Gazprom and the chairman of the shareholders committee of Nord Stream AG, V. Putin’s personal friend and A. Merkel’s colleague, former German Chancellor G. Schröder… So how, under such political circumstances could they have provided Ukraine, for example, with lethal weapons? This would not have added to the authority of Chancellor A. Merkel, let alone to other so-called aspects of European politics.
Demonstrating today the highest in recent years figures in sales of weapons and military equipment, Germany “did not find an opportunity” to provide military assistance to Ukraine. It is obvious that the reasons for such a pro-Russian and at the same time anti-Ukrainian position of the modern German leadership are political in origin and “stimulated” by the Kremlin.
European analysts also comment on the decision of the companies participating in the construction of the pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to cease cooperation with Russia. It is known that the Swiss company Allseas Group S.A., fearing US sanctions, withdrew two of its vessels. As for the sanctions, they provide for a ban on entry into the United States of individual representatives of the company. And any property of the company located in the United States will be frozen.
It is crucial that V. Prystaiko’s interview appeared in the media, which is quite respectable, with considerable, so to speak, media capabilities: the circulation of its print publications and radio covers broad strata of the German population and always upholds democratic liberal values.
As is known, RND is a joint corporate news media group of Germany Madsack, created in Hanover. It is noteworthy that Madsack’s largest partner is the Deutsche Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft (DDVG), a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD).
Founded in 2013, RND provides more than 50 daily newspapers with a total circulation of over 2.3 million copies. About 7 million readers are covered daily by such print runs. The editorial network includes the Berlin-based RND office and the RND Digital Hub, which produces national content for the news portals of these newspapers.
German media also synchronously published V. Prystaiko’s words: “We are very grateful for Germany’s financial support and the political commitment of the Federal Government. Unfortunately, our request for military assistance was turned down. I hope that Berlin will reconsider this reserved stance and approve a decision to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability”.