Some 59% of Germans support the government’s refusal to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, according to the poll

2022-05-08 0 By

Some 59 percent of Germans surveyed in a YouGov poll support the German government’s refusal to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, while 20 percent say they do want Berlin to send arms to Kiev, RT reported Tuesday.The survey, released Thursday, also found 21 percent of Germans were undecided on the issue.As much as 71 percent of the left-wing “German Left Party” (Die)
Linke supporters and 67 percent of supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party oppose arms shipments.Instead, 61% voted for the biggest ruling party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD),
Fifty-six per cent of CDU/CSU supporters said the same.More than 50 per cent of Green and Liberal Democrat voters share this view.Amid rising tensions on Ukraine’s border and western powers warning of A Russian “invasion”, Germany has pledged 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine in what Kiev sees as a “purely symbolic gesture”.Moscow denies any plans for an “invasion”.Andrey Melnik, Ukraine’s ambassador to Berlin, described the promised equipment as “a drop in the ocean,” while Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, dismissed it as “an absolute joke.”German Chancellor Gerhard Scholz has so far ruled out providing lethal weapons, saying on Tuesday that this was due to “developments in recent years and decades”.Other Western countries have taken a markedly different approach to the issue, the report said.Last week, British Defense Secretary William Wallace announced that he would supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles.London could also send hundreds of troops to eastern Europe, according to unconfirmed media reports.In the United States, Democrats in the House of Representatives are reportedly trying to fast-track a bill that would provide $500 million in military aid to Ukraine.The YouGov poll also found that some 52 percent of Germans surveyed want their government to play a more active role in resolving the Ukraine crisis, and 61 percent want Chancellor Scholz to travel to Moscow as soon as possible to help hammer out a solution.(Edit: SDY)