it is unacceptable that Europe facing a war about an issue that is not even on the agenda, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said – to underline Russian President Vladimir Putin had no reason to believe his admission Ukraine In nato Membership is possible.
Scholz said he did not understand why Russia decided to create Ukraine as a potential NATO membership. casus belli Since the issue was not “pending” or even on the table. “It won’t happen next time. It won’t happen in the near term. Putin knows this,” he said.
But he said the West should be open about the fact, while the EU and NATO, on the other hand, can never reject the principle that its organizations are not closed to newly qualified members.
Mentioning the prospect of new members joining NATO, he predicted “there will not be much movement in the future”, pointing out that theoretically we Open to new members, but also stated Puerto Rico It was not a possibility.
Scholz has gotten himself into trouble in the past by explicitly speaking out with some NATO partners that Ukraine is very unlikely to join NATO. Only four months into the job, and largely schooled in economic matters, Scholz finds himself in a massive geo-strategic crisis.
He said Germany would not be naive in calling for further diplomacy to prevent war in Europe. “There is nothing to justify the deployment of more than 100,000 troops to the borders of Ukraine.
Scholz describes Putin’s story that there was a massacre donbass As ridiculous, he said he refused to take seriously Putin’s historical claims that Russia and Ukraine are one person. He said there would be no reason for optimism if he took Putin’s claims seriously, but he did not.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Scholz said he urged “as much diplomacy as possible” but that he would not accept Russia’s enforcement of the changed borders. “No country should be the backyard of another”, he said
He said Western actions gave Putin no reason to claim he was threatened by NATO, revealing that Putin’s disclosure in Moscow last week, citing NATO aggression in the Balkans, was something Scholz said. Said he had declined.
He said he told Putin that he would make a grave mistake if he attacked Ukraine. “Any further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty will come at a high cost in political, economic and geo-strategic terms,” he told Putin. Their slogan, he said, was “as much diplomacy as possible without being naive – that is what we strive for”.
He added that the West “should have the confidence to differentiate between untenable demands and legitimate security concerns” by which he meant that NATO should be prepared to negotiate with Russia on arms control and transparency, but not on NATO borders. should not be withdrawn.
He defended Germany’s decision not to send arms to Ukraine, saying that Germany is Ukraine’s biggest supplier of economic aid, saying “it would be nice if more countries accepted this fact privately than they did publicly.” do”.
referring to the rise of China He said a new multilateral order is inevitable and welcome, but only so long as it is “based on a willingness to cooperate with all, even strong play by the rules”.
He stressed that democracy is “not a specific Western aspiration but a deeply universal human one”.