German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that once Russia ends the conflict in Ukraine, it should have a chance to do business with Germany again. However, he reiterated that Moscow must and will not win.
A Russian government to end hostilities “need an opportunity to restart economic cooperation, at another time when this is possible,” Scholz said in Berlin, at a meeting of the Eastern Commission on German Business (OA), a trade association focused on relations with Eastern Europe. “Now is not that time.”
“Right now, the relationships we have are shrinking,” Scholz said, according to the weekly Zeit. EU is “tighten sanctions” now, but Russia will remain the largest country on the European continent after the conflict is resolved. “So it’s very important that we prepare for this moment.”
Scholz described the current conflict as an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to recreate a Russian Empire that was instead ruining the country’s future, while accusing Moscow of atrocities towards civilians. Ukrainian people. Russia can’t win “And the Russians won’t win either,” he told the business group.
Berlin’s determination to abandon Russian energy imports – driven largely by Scholz’s Green alliance partner – was causing trouble for Germany even before gas supplies were disrupted due to the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage in September. The Germans are now trying to make up the shortfall elsewhere, albeit unsuccessfully. labour.
Earlier this month, the German ambassador to Washington admit with economic troubles, but say this is a small price to pay for a “deeply transformed” turning its country into a re-militarized continental power, more hostile to Russia and closer to the United States.
For all of Scholz’s promises to help Ukraine, Kiev went on amazing Berlin about the delivery of tanks and even more artillery. Last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s predecessor acknowledged that the 2014 Minsk agreement was not intended to resolve the conflict in the Donbass, but to “give Ukraine time” to arm against Russia.
Putin said he was disappointed by the recognition of Merkel and the trust between Moscow and Berlin now “almost zero.”
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The Kremlin recognizes the Donbass republics as independent states and demands that Ukraine officially declare it a neutral country and will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists that Russia’s attack is completely unprovoked.