Germany sleepwalking into war with Russia – former intelligence chief – RT World News

Hans-Georg Maassen, who once headed Germany’s domestic intelligence service, has spoken out against arms deliveries to Ukraine

Hans-Georg Maassen, who from 2012 to 2018 was president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s internal security agency, warned that the country is “somnambulismin a direct military confrontation with Russia by delivering arms to Ukraine.

Appearing on TV Berlin’s “Special” program last Wednesday, Maassen said he opposed any delivery of German weapons to Ukraine, citing an earlier ruling by the International Court of Justice which, according to the former official, ruled that the supply of arms to one of the warring parties in a conflict also makes the supplier a party to the conflict.

From my point of view, when we deliver weapons, not helmets, not bandages, it means that we automatically run the risk of becoming part of a war,Maassen explained.

We are now a warring party on the side of Ukraine. Let it sink in: we are a warring party. Against Russia.

The former official also said he was terrified of the lack of public debate on this issue.

According to him, by continuing arms supplies to Ukraine, Germany could become the target of Russian attacks without having clear objectives, unlike Ukraine itself, Russia or the United States. .

The former intelligence chief went on to say that, contrary to German media reports, “Ukraine is not a bastion of human rights, freedom, peace and Western values.“He also called on German leaders to ask themselves why they are exposing the country to the”danger of a nuclear conflict.

Germany has about 119 US military installations on its soil, according to Maassen, which could be targeted by Moscow in the event of war. He then compared Germany to an American”aircraft carrier with approximately 80 million natives” living on board.

The former intelligence chief also questioned the functionality of the German civil defense and armed forces in the event of war, while arguing that German society is not mentally prepared for a war, because the country is not has no experience of the difficulties it brings in many decades. On top of that, according to Maassen, a deeper confrontation with Russia would be unwise for Berlin, as Germany depends on Russian gas imports and does not produce enough wheat and fertilizer.

Nevertheless, Germany puts its own security at stake by arming Ukraine, the former official said.

Like a sleepwalker, we sleepwalk here in conflict.

With no clear goals or action plan, no one knows how it will end for Germany, Maassen added.

In late February, days after Russia attacked Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Berlin would supply kyiv with man-portable anti-aircraft weapons, as well as anti-tank missiles. According to media reports, citing unnamed Ukrainian officials, Berlin also supplied the Eastern European nation with 100 machine guns, 100,000 hand grenades, 2,000 mines and more than 16 million rounds of ammunition.

As the conflict progressed, Ukrainian leaders called on their Western allies to also ship heavy weapons. Berlin has finally given the go-ahead for the delivery of the Gepard anti-aircraft vehicles, with the Ministry of Defense pledging to ship the first 15 vehicles in July.

Scholz also promised to donate seven 155-mm 2000 self-propelled howitzers; however, according to DW, the hardware would need to be operational first, meaning kyiv is unlikely to receive them until the summer.

Berlin has also approved a deal with manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the delivery of several dozen Leopard 1 tanks. The delivery, however, is apparently in limbo, with media reporting a lack of ammunition and spare parts. .

Senior Ukrainian officials, including Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnik, have repeatedly criticized leaders in Berlin, saying the German government is dragging its feet on delivering heavy weapons. kyiv urges its ally to hand over Leopard 1 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles as soon as possible.


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