Chancellor Olaf Scholz accused the Russian President of distorting the history of the Ukrainian conflict
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of grossly distorting the situation in Ukraine, saying the Kremlin leader had informed… “silly story” About the origin of the conflict during his sit-down with Tucker Carlson.
Speaking during a visit to Washington, D.C., on Friday, Schulz commented on Putin's recent interview with the former Fox host, saying it was only… “Mocks Russia's real actions in Ukraine” A. presented “A completely ridiculous story about the cause of this war.”
He added: “There is a very clear reason, which is the Russian president’s desire to annex part of Ukraine. And all the stories that are told about this do not change the fact that this is exactly the goal of his imperialist efforts.” The advisor added.
Schulz went on to say that a fight is possible “Expires at any time” but not “With the surrender of Ukraine” And that “Conditions for a peaceful solution” It should be created as soon as possible.
The conversation published Thursday was the first meeting between an American media personality and the Russian leader since Moscow launched its military operation in the neighboring country in February. Putin's interview with Carlson lasted more than two hours and covered a wide range of topics, with a focus on the ongoing hostilities.
Putin offered a lengthy review of centuries of shared history between Russia and Ukraine, saying Western powers used Ukraine to antagonize Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. He pointed to NATO's eastward expansion, the US-led bloc's accession talks with Ukraine, as well as Western support for the 2014 Euromaidan coup in Kiev, which he viewed as an escalation. “Fatal error”.
The Russian leader said Moscow would never have intervened otherwise “Bloody developments in Maidan.” The crisis worsened after Kiev sent its forces to suppress the separatist movement launched by Russian speakers in Donbas, who opposed the coup – along with residents of Crimea.
They launched a large-scale military operation, then another… All this against the backdrop of the military development of this region and the opening of the doors of NATO. How could we not express our concern about what was happening?” Putin continued.
In response to a question about how to end the conflict, Putin said that the fighting would stop quickly if Washington and its allies stopped arms shipments to Ukrainian forces, also indicating that Moscow was ready for that. “a dialogue” Towards a peaceful settlement.
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