German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said after visiting Kyiv that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a distorted perception of reality.
According to Scholz, after a visit to the Ukrainian capital, the Russian president illusory hopes that he will be able to seize part of the territory of Ukraine, and then, over time, simply wait for changes, and also that Moscow will be able to unilaterally dictate peace terms.
This was stated by the German Chancellor on June 16 in an interview with the TV channel ARD. He noted that Germany rejects a “dictated peace” on conditions unilaterally imposed by Moscow. It is necessary to ensure that Russia abandons the plan to “seize part of Ukraine with brutal violence” and its “imperialist concept of changing the borders of countries.”
Scholz called the possibility of a “peace imposed by Russia” an “illusion of Putin”, who believes that he “can seize land and wait for times to change”:
“This is an illusion, and I told Putin this. For example, sanctions against Russia will remain in effect until the country reaches a fair agreement with Ukraine. These terms of peace will be decided by the people, the parliament, the president of Ukraine.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, during their visit to Kyiv and meeting with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, supported granting the country the status of a candidate for membership in EU. At a joint press conference after talks in Kyiv, Macron said, reports Reuters:
“We all support Ukraine’s immediate EU candidate status.”
The trip took place ten days before the EU summit, at which the granting of the status of a candidate country to Ukraine should be officially announced. Macron, Scholz and Draghi arrived in the Ukrainian capital early Thursday morning on a special train across the Polish border, accompanied by air defense sirens. RBC.