Schulz: “There will be no peace for granted because the Ukrainians do not accept it and neither do we”

Germany Government statement from Olaf Schultz

“There will be no imposed peace because the Ukrainians will not accept it and neither will we.”

“Helping a country under brutal attack is not an escalation.”

Chancellor Olaf Schultz defended the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine against criticism from residents and politicians. “Helping to defend a country that has been brutally attacked is not an escalation.”

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Chancellor Schulz made it clear in his government statement that Germany will continue to support Ukraine in the war against Russia. The Russian president still thinks he can “bomb a spell.” But this will not be there.

BOlaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) explicitly rejected the peace dictated in Ukraine and militarily imposed by Russia. Putin still thinks he can bomb the peace of a spell. “There will be no imposed peace because the Ukrainians do not accept it, and neither do we,” Schulz said in a government statement in the Bundestag.

“We have one common goal: Russia must not win this war, and Ukraine must survive,” Schultz emphasized. Only when Russian President Vladimir Putin realizes he cannot break Ukraine’s ability to defend itself will he be ready to seriously negotiate peace, the chancellor said. That is why it is so important to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability.

Schulz continued Germany’s pledge of support – sanctions against Russia, entry of Ukrainian refugees, economic aid and “yes, also with deliveries of weapons including heavy equipment. There is no escalation in helping a country that has been brutally sworn in. It helps repel the attack. Thus, ending the violence as soon as possible.”

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The criticism came from Union faction leader Friedrich Merz, who accused Schulze of playing a double game regarding the delivery of heavy weapons. The CDU president said Schultz gives the impression that the weapons are being handed over. “The truth is that almost nothing has been delivered from Germany in the past few weeks. (…) Practically nothing is delivered,” Merz said.

Weeks ago, Schultz had been talking about a throaty exchange of arms—”that hasn’t happened until today,” and criticized Merz in light of plans to supply German weapons to neighboring countries to the east if they, in turn, supply Ukraine with an older weapon. Soviet design systems. German arms companies have been complaining for weeks that they have not obtained an export license. “What double game is really being played in your government,” Merz asked.

Schulz received support from Katharina Druge, leader of the Parliamentary Group of the Greens, who demanded more military support. Putin himself accused them of “making food supplies a tool in his war”. She called for more EU sanctions against Russia, such as disconnecting banks from the international financial system and ending energy imports. The oil embargo is “the most powerful tool we can oppose to Russia.”

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Schulz assured all citizens of the support in light of the current price hike. “We don’t leave anyone alone,” Schultz said. The security and independence of energy supplies must be ensured, but energy must also remain accessible to all. The price increase caused by Russia should not overwhelm anyone at the national or European level. This is especially true for citizens with small and medium incomes.

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Regarding Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, Schulz softened expectations. He said French President Emmanuel Macron was right when he noted that the accession process “is not a matter of a few months or a few years.” In fairness to other accession candidates, there should be no EU “shortcuts”.

However, he specifically promised the countries of the Western Balkans to EU membership. Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania have been candidates to join the European Union for many years. Schulz stressed that the EU must now investigate when it comes to the accession process for these countries. He announced a trip to the region for the month of June with the message: “The countries of the Western Balkans belong to the European Union.”

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