He had to raise his own voice to make himself heard: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) stressed Germany’s solidarity with Ukraine at the May rally in Düsseldorf. In a combative speech, he defended the decision to supply heavy weapons to the country.
We will not allow borders to be moved by force and territories to be conquered,” the chancellor said at the DGB event. This is imperialism, said Scholz, who announced he would continue to support Ukraine, “also that it can defend itself with arms deliveries”.
Scholz urged Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Keep the guns silent, withdraw your troops!
The demonstrators chanted “Make peace without arms”
He respects every pacifism and attitude, Scholz said, but it must sound cynical to a Ukrainian “when people say he should defend himself against Putin’s invasion without weapons. It’s outdated.”
He was grateful that there was so much support in Germany and also “in this square, despite some who called out,” Scholz told protesters who insulted him as a warmonger and chanted “Create peace without weapons ” during the speech.
Scholz defends his Ukrainian policy
The Chancellor has recently been criticized for her reserved policy towards Ukraine. CDU leader Friedrich Merz had accused him of “hesitation” and “anxiety”. Scholz was undeterred by the attacks in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag” and made it clear that he wanted to stick to his course. “I’m not scared enough to be impressed by such allegations,” he told the newspaper.
At the same time, he stressed that the harsh criticism of his decisions was legitimate: “In a democracy, it is part of the opposition that you are tackled in a muscular way. That’s why they are the.”
Melnyk: “We need the most modern German weapons”
It was only on Thursday that MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of a joint proposal by the coalition parties and the Union faction for the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Today, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk is already asking Germany for more heavy military equipment. “The direction is good, but of course that won’t be enough,” said Melnyk from “Bild am Sonntag”. Gepard tanks are 40 years old, “to defeat Russia, we need the most modern German weapons”. Therefore, Ukraine wants “quick export of 88 Leopard tanks, 100 Marder tanks, self-propelled howitzers and much more”, Melnyk said.
Ukraine: room for improvement in financial aid
Melnyk also sees room for improvement in the promised financial aid for arming Ukraine. “A billion euros in aid to Ukraine sounds like a lot. But I would like to point out that the recently approved relief package for the Germans by the federal government amounts to 15 billion euros.”
The diplomat dismissed fears that Germany could become a party to the war by supplying arms. For Russian President Putin, “Germany has long been a war party,” he said. “Anyone who wants to prevent his war from escalating must now help us put Putin in his place. A Russian victory in Ukraine would be the worst thing that could happen to Germany.”
Baerbock: withdrawal of Russian troops is a precondition for peace
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) also stressed: “It is clear to us that the sanctions can only be lifted if Russia withdraws its troops. A peace on Russian-dictated terms would not give Ukraine or us in Europe the security we crave. bring, ”said the green politician. “In the worst case, it would be an invitation to the next war – even closer to our borders.” She sees the withdrawal of all Russian soldiers from Ukraine as a prerequisite for a lasting peace in Europe and the lifting of sanctions against Moscow. “A ceasefire can only be a first step,” said Baerbock of the “Bild am Sonntag”.