According to Ostro.org, seasoned and well-respected German Green Party Bundestag deputy, Marieluise Beck, posts the following on her Facebook page:
"Why is the EU so hesitant about sanctions? In Berlin political circles well-informed sources say that highly placed Russian diplomats openly threatened that Russia will feel completely free to march straight into Ukraine in the event of serious sanctions ... If this is true, it explains so much, "
It also explains the Russian military 'hokey-cokey' on Ukraine's borders...and would be a natural corollary to Putin's delusions about Ukraine.
What they are saying to the Germans is if you apply painful sanctions you will be co-responsible for the destruction and killings that will occur in the event of invasion..