After the phone call, Chancellor Schultz sees no change in Putin’s position

Updated on 05/14/2022 at 09:40

  • After his phone call with Vladimir Putin, Chancellor Olaf Schultz stated that he had not yet noticed any change in the position of the Russian ruler.
  • However, Schultz made it clear that there would be no peace dictated by Russia.
  • The chancellor also got into fanfare after the defense committee on Friday.

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Two and a half months after the start of the Russian aggressive war on Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has not detected any change in the position of Kremlin President Vladimir Putin. This is what the Social Democratic Party politician said in an interview published on Saturday by the T Online news website. It is clear that Russia did not achieve any of the war aims mentioned at the outset. Ukraine was not occupied, but it defended itself with great skill, courage and the will to make sacrifices. “NATO has not withdrawn, but has strengthened its forces on the eastern side of the alliance. The alliance will become stronger when Finland and Sweden join NATO.” The Russian army itself suffered great losses, much more than it incurred during the ten-year campaign of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Schultz: Peace was not dictated by Russia

“Slowly, Putin must realize that the only way out of this situation is to reach an agreement with Ukraine,” Schulz said. He made it clear that any agreement cannot be a peace imposed by Russia. Schultz was in contact with Putin for more than an hour on Friday.

At the same time, Schultz promised Ukraine more support, for example through the delivery of weapons. “Yes, we will continue. Even with sanctions. Because our goal is the failure of the Russian invasion attempt. This is the standard for our actions.”

“Russia and the entire world are paying a heavy price for Putin’s crazy idea of ​​wanting to expand the Russian Empire,” the chancellor emphasized. Many countries suffered from the fact that Ukraine was not a major supplier of grain. “It’s about real hunger — and not just whether there’s enough sunflower oil on supermarket shelves, as there is for us.”

Schulz introduces himself to Lambrecht

In the interview, Schulz introduced himself to Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (both SPD), who was criticized for her son traveling with him in a government helicopter. When asked if she was a burden on his government, Schulz said in the interview: “I’m pretty sure: If you look at the election period in three years, you’ll say: ‘She’s the Secretary of Defense who made sure of that.'” The Bundeswehr was at last adequately equipped.” And when the chancellor stated that this was a bold prediction, he answered: ‘No.’

Lambrecht took her 21-year-old son with him in a government helicopter on a military visit in northern Germany in mid-April, without taking part in the military visit himself. The next day, after spending a night in a hotel, the car and bodyguards drove to the nearby island of Sylt.

Lambrecht said he understood the public criticism of the trip on Wednesday. Meanwhile, it announced the consequences so that such allegations are no longer possible in the future. No details were given. The Ministry of Defense had indicated that Lambrecht had applied for the flight in accordance with the rules and had paid the costs in full.

After Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht was known to have flown with her son in a Bundeswehr helicopter, other political voices are now speaking out.

The German army should be strengthened

The federal government wants to strengthen the German army with a special program of 100 billion euros and thus fill the equipment gaps. This special fund must be entrenched in the Basic Law, which requires a two-thirds majority in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. However, what the money should be spent on is increasingly controversial.

In response to a question about the meeting of the Bundestag Defense Committee on Friday, which was accompanied by Werbel, at which Schulz was a guest, the SPD politician said: “I did not receive any criticism there, on the contrary: the chairperson of the committee asked me for my appearance and information thanks frankly.”

Marcus Faber, a politician from the Free Democratic Party, left the meeting before the official end, then criticized that Schulz had a chance to declare himself on Ukraine. “Unfortunately, not many answers were given. I hope we can keep up,” he wrote on Twitter, under fire from his own ranks. Committee Chairman Mary Agnes Strack Zimmermann (FDP) called Schulze. In the context of the Ukraine War, Schulze was sometimes accused of hesitation, including from within the ranks of his Traffic Light Coalition. (dpa/sca)

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