Merkel condemns invasion of Ukraine and regrets not ending Cold War


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In his first interview since his political return, the former German chancellor talks about his disagreements with Vladimir Putin

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an interview.
Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an interview.Fabian SommerAP
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Former Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted in her first meeting with the press since withdrawing from politics that “it has never been possible to end the Cold War” because In 16 years he took over as the head of government He always had the impression of dealing with matters relating to the former Soviet Union.

President Vladimir “Putin told me in 2007 that for him the dissolution of the USSR was the worst of the 20th century, for me it was a liberation. Then it became clear that there was a huge disagreement. It was never possible to eliminate the French. . war.” I share Putin’s opinion, but it is not possible to create a security architecture that prevents this,” the chancellor said before condemning the invasion of Ukraine, an act for which there is no justification. “This is a brutal attack, contrary to international law, for which there is no excuse.”

Merkel reaffirmed the decisions taken together with European partners, particularly France, to avoid the situation now being experienced in Ukraine, and in the sense that she was pleased “to be able to do something like this”. Don’t reprimand yourself for not trying hard enough to escape. Happening now.” It’s very sad that it hasn’t succeeded, but I don’t blame myself for not trying,” he assured.

The former chancellor revealed that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the American, Joe Biden, were both of the opinion that it was necessary force Russia in one directionBut there was no agreement in the European Union. “It also looked like I was going to leave soon. Also the elections in France and Germany, the corona pandemic … all played a part.” However, he added, “What has happened is not acceptable at all, a big mistake on the part of Russia.” This is a violation of everything that allows us to live together peacefully in Europe.”

Merkel claimed that the fact that Putin was crowding his troops had followed “the latest at the G20 summit in Rome in late October” during his tenure. It was clear that what was happening had to be taken very seriously. It was clear that nothing good was happening. It was clear that “Putin had decided to forget the Minsk Agreement, which was the only card that was still in our hands.” He also felt it during his farewell visit to Moscow.

Look back, Merkel defends refusal to join Ukraine and Georgia in NATO Arguing that the country was “not unified, it was plagued by corruption, it was a country ruled by oligarchs. You cannot say ‘tomorrow we will accept them into NATO'”. Putin would not have acknowledged this and, in fact, . Shortly after, he invaded South Ossetia. “I didn’t want to provoke any more,” the former chancellor recalled.

“Putin’s understanding of values ​​was different, he believes that democracy is wrong, I think it is right. I have always worked in the interest of my country and interested to live peacefully without war and the way to do it Merkel said, “My heart always beats for Ukraine, but you also have to look at the reality. Right now, everyone is wondering what victory is. I want Ukraine to get the best out of it, that’s the goal.” She added that the annexation of Crimea was a deep cut “which made it absolutely clear that we were dealing with someone who had our best in mind.” There were no interests. But it was clear that we couldn’t get rid of him.” So it’s done.

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