German Businessman Arrested for Allegedly Aiding Russian Arms Manufacturers
Frankfurt police arrested a German businessman identified only as “Ulli S.” on August 24 for allegedly selling military equipment to Russia. The sales violate European Union sanctions placed on Russia in the wake of its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. His suspected offenses include:
- Contracting with a Russian arms manufacturer, agreeing to deliver six machine tools used to manufacture Russian sniper rifles
- Falsifying the date of said contract
- Acquiring four Russian sniper rifles for testing
- Maintaining business partnerships with multiple Russian arms manufacturers
- Training Russian arms manufacturers in the use of the smuggled tools
To conceal the transactions, Ulli S. allegedly used other companies he had founded, a Russian company and third-party companies in Switzerland and Lithuania.
Modern trend: This problem extends far beyond this one German. Throughout the Russo-Ukrainian War, Germany has disappointed Ukraine and its Western partners by giving minimal aid to Kyiv and even assisting its invader.
German offenses include:
- Sending less in military assets to Ukraine than expected and slow-walking what has been sent
- Blocking other countries from sending German-made equipment to help Ukraine
- Sending some $290 million in bombs, guns and missiles to Russia after its invasion, breaking the very sanctions Ulli S. was arrested for
This trend began in 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia—Germany said little and did nothing. In 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, Germany reacted similarly. These cases, as well as Germany’s decision to make itself dependent on the Nord Stream pipelines that brought Russian gas into the nation, show that Germany is much closer to Russia than it portrays.
It is true that Germany has given Ukraine some meaningful aid since the full-scale war erupted, but much of this appears to have been reluctant and only to appease Germany’s Western partners.
Historic trend: “History shows that in between wars, Germany and Russia often work together,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2018. For years, Mr. Flurry has exposed the dangers of the Russo-German relationship, showing that we are watching a repeat of what happened immediately before World War ii.
Mr. Flurry has warned that Germany and Russia may have already worked out a new Molotov-Ribbentrop-type deal. In the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939, Germany and Russia agreed to partition Poland and refrain from interfering with each others’ conquests. German-Russian cooperation should alarm the world.
Germany and Russia are not actually partners. When they enter into peace deals and economic partnerships, it is a signal that either or both are preparing for some kind of imperialistic exploit.
To learn more, read his article “Germany and Russia’s Secret War Against America.”