German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, described Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine as a failure and said that Putin should not win.
Scholz’s speech is quoted by the Stern edition, European Pravda reports.
“He has already missed all his strategic goals. The capture of all of Ukraine by Russia today seems more distant than at the beginning of the war,” said Olaf Scholz.
According to the German Chancellor, Putin also underestimated the unity and strength of NATO, the EU and the G7.
According to Scholz, the goal today is clear: “Putin must not win his war. And I’m sure he won’t win it.”
The chancellor urged to make it clear to Putin that neither Ukraine nor the West would accept the world dictated by him.
He also stressed that because of Putin’s aggressive war, Germany is delivering weapons to a war zone for the first time. “Putin will enter into serious peace talks only if he realizes that he cannot break the defense of Ukraine,” Scholz said.
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The Chancellor warned of dramatic consequences if Russia succeeds in its invasion.
“Putin wants to return to a world order in which the stronger dictates what is right, in which freedom, sovereignty and self-determination do not belong to everyone,” Scholz said, adding that this is imperialism.
“This is an attempt to throw us back to a time when war was a common political tool, when there was no stable peaceful order on our continent and in the world,” the German Chancellor said.
Recall that the Scholze government is being criticized for delaying the provision of heavy weapons to Ukraine, which is essential to repel the Russian offensive in the Donbass.
He is criticized not only within the country, but also abroad. In particular, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that Berlin did not fulfill the promise to supply Leopard tanks instead of the existing Polish tanks that his country provided to Ukraine.