Berlin, December 25 – A majority of German citizens surveyed do not support demands for military aid to Ukraine in the form of German-made tanks, and the initiative finds the least support among opposition party voters, according to a poll by DPA news agency YouGov Poll.
The YouGov poll, in which 2,075 German citizens took part, was conducted from December 16 to 21. 45% of respondents were against the supply of German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, 33% were in favor, and 22% abstained from responding.
This demand for the government enjoys the greatest support among voters of the “Green” coalition (50% “for” and 25% “against”). As for the other two parties in government, the survey showed that their constituents are more likely to oppose this initiative (41 to 40% in the Social Democratic Party and 42 to 33% in the Free Democratic Party).
Among voters of the CDU/CSU opposition bloc, 43% oppose, and 38% support. It was least supported among AfD voters (76 vs. 13%) and the Left Party (52 vs. 32%).
Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz repeatedly responded to demands for direct supply of tanks to Kyiv that Germany does not intend to take action on its own and does not want an escalation between NATO and Russia. Also, according to the chancellor, Berlin is not and will not become a party to the conflict in Ukraine.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine, noted that Western countries that support the Kyiv regime have become parties to the conflict. He also indicated that any shipments containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been bullied and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” And for this, according to him, it is planned to carry out the “demilitarization and demilitarization of Ukraine”, to bring to justice all the war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbass.
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