Baerbock on sanctions: Russia should no longer be able to wage wars of aggression

Baerbock on sanctions
Russia should no longer be able to wage wars of aggression

According to Foreign Minister Baerbock, after Ukraine, Putin could also target the Baltic states or Moldova. She also defends the shipment of heavy weapons.

According to Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Western sanctions are also aimed at weakening the Russian economy so that it cannot start another war. “Of course, I want Russia never again to wage a war of aggression that violates international law,” the Greens politician told ARD on Sunday evening.

“Through the sanctions, we ensure that further military actions in other regions by Russian forces alone are not possible in the coming years,” she added. Because Russia is so damaged by its war of aggression and Western sanctions that the country will not be able to get back on its feet “for years”. President Vladimir Putin thus decisively weakens his own country.

Western cohesion is so important because one cannot be sure what Russia will do next. Putin did not rule out an attack on Moldova or the Baltic states. “If we accept that, it would be an invitation to do more,” she said of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We can’t be sure what the next Russian steps would be.”

“The responsibility for inaction too”

That is why we are now investing in the security of partner countries and we will unite for peace. You owe it to your neighbors. Sanctions against Russia would not be lifted until Russia withdrew all of its troops from Ukraine.

Baerbock defended the federal government’s decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. “We also bear the responsibility for inaction,” she said. “If we had taken the decision now not to deliver any more weapons, not heavy weapons, then we would put more places in Ukraine in the hands of the Russian president. (…) If we did nothing, it would be everything. The suffering of the Ukrainians is much worse.”

Baerbock praised previous governments for not lifting EU sanctions imposed in 2014 in connection with Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. A repeal would have been a retrospective legitimacy of the Russian action.

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