Traditionally, Germany has refrained from supplying weapons to conflict zones.

The German parliament, the Bundestag, voted by a majority for the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Military assistance should continue and strengthen wherever possible, the deputies decided on April 28.

Traditionally, Germany has refrained from supplying weapons to military conflict zones, believing that this would only intensify hostilities.

This time, this point of view was held only by deputies from the “Left Party” who voted against. Right-wing populists from Alternative for Germany also voted against, considering that the decision is “close to declaring war.”

A few days ago, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed concerns about possible supplies of heavy military equipment to Ukraine, saying that Russia could regard this as NATO’s entry into the conflict.

On Thursday, he did not attend the vote, having left on an official visit to Japan.

For this, he was criticized by several members of the Bundestag, including the leader of the largest opposition CDU party, Friedrich Merz.