Scholz denounces “mistakes” in Germany’s Russian policy

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In retrospect, Olaf Scholz regards Germany’s Russian policy as naïve. During a possible visit to kyiv, he wants to avoid another mistake. News ticker.

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  • This Ticker on Germany’s reactions to the war in Ukraine is continuously updated.

Update May 16 at 9:51 p.m.: Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) warns that the war in Ukraine could escalate further. On RTL directly, he said that after his phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did not feel that anything in Russia had yet moved in the direction that a quick end to the war was the goal.

We must fear that the war will escalate, but we must not let that paralyze us. We must be able to make sensible, very conscious and also very courageous decisions.

“Putin must not win the war, that’s the goal,” Scholz said. But the goals would not go beyond that: “Given the fact that it is a nuclear power, that would be a completely wrong goal,” he said of the subsequent reactions of Germany in the war against Ukraine.

The demand is “that the guns be silenced and that Russia withdraw its troops. This is the only way to find a solution.

Germany’s reactions to the war in Ukraine: Scholz does not want to travel to kyiv for a photo shoot

Update May 16 at 8:28 p.m.: Olaf Scholz (SPD) names – like Germany’s reaction to the Ukrainian war – a mistake in German-Russian policy. It was naive to become so dependent on Russian oil. The Chancellor said so Direct RTL – where Olaf Scholz (SPD) answered questions from four citizens.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) sees mistakes in Germany’s Russian policy. © Michael Kcaller/dpa

“We should have always put ourselves in a position to use other suppliers at all times by building the pipelines, the ports, where you can then get the gas from elsewhere,” Scholz said.

Scholz also pointed out that he had already spent many hours on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “During a site visit, it should be important that something is specifically promoted and should not just be a photo opportunity.” Scholz added, “I will not join a group of people who walk in and out with one for a short time.” Photo session what to do. But when it does, it’s always about very specific things,” he said.

Foreign SPD politician Roth on the war in Ukraine: “Putin does not want a peaceful solution”

Update May 16, 2:47 p.m.: Foreign SPD politician Michael Roth was in kyiv at the beginning of April together with FDP politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann and European Greens politician Anton Hofreiter. Roth now warns against placing too much hope in diplomatic contacts with Russia in the war in Ukraine. “Putin doesn’t want a peaceful solution – at least not right now,” Roth told RBB on Monday.

Therefore, a policy of restraint towards Russia does not make sense. On the contrary, it is important that Western democracies continue to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin clearly what they expect from him and what will happen if he does not contribute to peace.

A policy of restraint alone, which is not also defensive, will not lead Putin to finally give in and still be willing to find a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian conflict, Roth warned.

The AfD and Russia: According to Wolf, Chrupalla’s journey is a “wrong path”

Update May 16, 2:31 p.m.: After their defeat in the NRW elections in 2022, the AfD also sees reason in its Russian policy. AfD federal board member Alexander Wolf criticized party leader Tino Chrupalla’s foreign policy: “Too broad an understanding of the Russian position in the war in Ukraine is not accepted by the majority anywhere “, said Wolf, according to dpa. “‘Create peace without arms’ is a church slogan of the day, not the position of the AfD,” he criticized. The course of Chrupallas is a “bad path”.

Negotiations with Ukraine: Scholz wants to try to talk with Putin

Update of May 16, 12:40 p.m.: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to continue his attempts to mediate in the war in Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The war threatens to turn into trench warfare, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in Berlin. In this phase, it is important “that you try to start talking again about how you can stop killing and shooting”.

Scholz took the initiative and last week phoned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and then, after weeks of radio silence, also Putin. He is trying to “get back to the path of diplomacy, however difficult it may be”. Scholz had agreed with Putin to continue the conversation. The situation is very difficult and confusing, but nothing should be left out.

Germany and the war in Ukraine: Baerbock at the EU meeting – hope for a decision soon on oil

Update May 16, 11:20 a.m.: On her arrival at the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stressed that she was very happy that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba was also invited. Above all, Ukraine must be supported militarily, Baerbock said. At today’s meeting, the sixth package of sanctions against Russia will be discussed and the circumstances of clarification will be discussed. Baerbock mentioned a possible oil embargo. It is important “that all countries together follow the path of exiting oil”. There will be no final decision today, she said. However, she was “very confident” that a result would be achieved in the coming days.

When asked, she also commented on Hungary’s resistance to an oil embargo. The Federal Foreign Minister said that the exit from oil was not an easy step. For different countries, this would lead to different challenges due to different dependencies, she pointed out.

Germany in the Ukrainian war: Özdemir hopes for more wheat after the war and praises the advance of Kharkiv

Update May 16, 9:45 a.m.: Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens) hopes that Ukraine will be able to export more wheat once the Russian war is over. It is good news that the Ukrainian army fought to return to the border with Russia at some point, Özdemir told the ZDF morning magazine. According to a video, a Ukrainian battalion had reached the Russian border in the area around the city of Kharkiv in northern Ukraine.

Özdemir explained that there are currently only “second or third best solutions” for exporting Ukrainian wheat, namely transport by road, rail and river. The Black Sea city of Odessa has the only Ukrainian port not destroyed or captured by Russia, but this last maritime export route is also blocked. Özdemir explained, given the concern about hunger issues around the world: “The war in Ukraine must stop, it would help us.”

Germany and the war in Ukraine: Germany’s oil embargo plan – going it alone without the EU?

Update May 16, 8:05 a.m.: Germany wants to stop oil imports from Russia by the end of the year, even if the EU fails to introduce an EU-wide embargo in the next sanctions package, reported the news agency. Bloomberg citing German government officials. As a result, contracts with other suppliers would progress and the federal government is confident that it can resolve the remaining logistical issues over the next six to seven months. The federal government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz is committed to implementing this plan, officials said. Bloomberg.

Germany in the Ukrainian War: Baerbock Calls for an End to Russian Bombing

First report: Berlin – Russian attacks continue in Ukraine – and diplomatic efforts are in full swing. At an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was once again the center of attention. She cited an end to Russian bombardment of Ukraine as a precondition for resuming dialogue with Moscow.

The troops of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, about which some oligarchs are fueling rumors of cancer, are attacking Ukraine with all their might. “We are always ready not just to talk, but to finally stop killing people,” Baerbock said after the meeting in Berlin. “But for that to happen, these bombings have to stop,” added the green traffic light coalition politician.

Annalena Baerbock (Greens), Foreign Minister of Germany, speaks at a press conference following the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting.
Annalena Baerbock (Greens), Foreign Minister of Germany, speaks at a press conference following the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting. © Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

Ukrainian News from Germany: Baerbock talks about “additional skills”

Baerbock also criticized the Russian government for having made it clear that the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act was worthless. The Founding Act had been unilaterally denounced by Russia. That is why NATO is strengthening the eastern flank. In addition, it must be ensured that Finland and Sweden are not threatened in the event of possible accession. This also applies to Baltic partners and countries on NATO’s southern flank. Accordingly, “further capabilities will be made available there, including us as the Federal Republic of Germany, so that we can defend every corner of our common alliance in case of doubt,” Baerbock said.

In the NATO-Russia Founding Act, NATO also pledged to refrain from permanently stationing “substantial combat troops” in the area of ​​the eastern alliance. From the point of view of the alliance, however, this obligation was clearly linked to the condition that the security environment, which was positive at the time, did not deteriorate.

Ukraine News from Germany: Exchange Places ‘Literally Bombed’

From the perspective of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Baerbock accused Moscow of having “blown up this last form of dialogue on the Russian side”. In many different formats with many countries, attempts have been made again and again to “peacefully resolve this conflict, to avoid this war of aggression”. However, places of exchange like the OSCE have been “literally bombarded”. At the same time, the minister pointed out that if “even in a brutal world people don’t talk anymore, then that’s the end of unity.”

During the war in Ukraine, NATO could also grow: Finland and Sweden want to enter. In this regard, Baerbock spoke out for rapid admission. You can read more about this in our NATO ticker. (dpa / food)

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