German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gave a lengthy interview to BILD am SONNTAG, in which, among other things, he answered questions about Vladimir Putin’s threats.
The journalist’s question sounded like this: “Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Putin personally threatened him over the phone. Did Putin also say something similar to you?” In response, the German Chancellor replied, quotes Bild:
“No, Putin did not threaten me or Germany. In our phone calls, our very different views on the war in Ukraine become very clear. I make it clear to Putin that Russia bears the sole responsibility for the war. Out of the blue, Russia invaded its neighbor to take parts of Ukraine or the entire country. We cannot simply accept this, because it fundamentally violates the European peace order. That is why we support Ukraine financially, humanitarianly, and also with weapons.”
Another question related to the supply of tanks: “Putin claims that “again German tanks” threaten Russia. Does the supply of Leopard 2 tanks increase the danger for Germany?” Olaf Scholz replied:
“His words are part of a series of abstruse historical comparisons that he uses to justify his attack on Ukraine. Nothing can justify this war. Russia is waging a merciless war against Ukraine. Together with our allies, we are transferring battle tanks to Ukraine so that they can defend themselves. We carefully weighed each batch of weapons, closely coordinating it with our allies, primarily with America. This joint approach prevents the escalation of the war.”
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