Photo: Olaf Scholz/Open Source
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who recently stated that he doesn't mind German weapons being used to liberate occupied Crimea, blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin in unleashing a war with Ukraine on “completely absurd” reasons, writes Deutsche Welle.
"NATO has never been a threat to Russia", Scholz stressed, speaking at the Open Day at the office of the Federal Chancellor.< /p>
He added that before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he repeatedly assured Putin that Ukraine would not join NATO in the next 30 years. Scholz also categorically disagrees that the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance did not care about the security interests of Russia before it started the war.
Also, the German Chancellor stressed that the key to ending the war lies solely in Moscow. Putin started this war to “break” Ukraine. According to him, a dictated peace for Ukraine is out of the question. A peaceful solution can only be found if “Putin, the Russian state, is ready to accept this.”
Scholz also called the thesis about Ukraine's alleged historical belonging to Russia absurd. According to him, if all the leaders of states flip through the history books where their countries already owned territories, “then we will not be able to get out of wars for the next 200 years.”
Regarding the membership in the European Union, which Ukraine, Russia, according to Scholz, should also agree when other countries consider “democracy and the rule of law important.”
Prepared by: Sergei Daga