Scholz on the war in Ukraine: “Peace without freedom means oppression” – politics


Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) warned against the desire for peace at any cost. “Peace without freedom means oppression. There is no peace without justice,” Scholz said in his video message for Easter. “That’s why we support Ukraine in its fight for a just peace, as long as necessary,” he underlined. “We also do it for ourselves, for our own safety,” Scholz said. In this way he indirectly distanced himself from the considerations of the SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich to first freeze the war in Ukraine and then find a peaceful solution.

Ukrainians, who have been suffering from the brutal Russian attack for more than two years, “want nothing but peace,” Scholz said. However, Russia has broken the fundamental principle that borders should not be moved by force. “But we have the task of making this principle valid again. By continuing to support Ukraine – decisively and prudently,” Scholz said. This goal is achieved even if Germany invests more in security.

Vice Chancellor Habeck calls for less conflict in the coalition

Scholz appealed to Germans to “stay united as a country instead of allowing themselves to be separated.” They are united in the belief that law must prevail over violence. “This is the prerequisite for peace,” he said. Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) called for there to be less disagreements over Ukrainian politics within the coalition. “If we now discuss how we can help and whether we should use cruise missiles Bull deliver, Putin can sit. “It would be the stupidest thing we could do,” he said Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine.

Unlike Chancellor Scholz, the Greens and the FDP support the implementation of the Bullcruise missiles in Ukraine. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich’s opinion regarding the “freezing” of the war in Ukraine also sparked criticism from the other two coalition partners. “We must not suspect each other of endangering peace. The one who endangers peace is Putin,” Habeck said. “The dead of this war are Putin’s dead. No one should take advantage of the situation, and we should not assume that we want to take advantage of it,” he asked.

Scholz receives support from former Prime Minister Schröder

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) also called for an end to the public dispute. “I shut down Bull expressed comprehensively and we do not believe that the ongoing public discussion is too good for us Bull a further step forward,” he told the Funke media group.

Scholz received support from former Social Democrat Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who has worked for Russian energy companies since leaving office. According to him Scholz says no to ground troops and Bullcruise missiles for Ukraine “is right,” Schröder told the German Press Agency. “These are two decisions that he made. I support them. And I hope I don’t hurt him with them,” he said. Although Schröder described Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine as a “fatal mistake”, he refused to break with his friend Vladimir Putin. “We have been working together for many years in a sensible way. Maybe this can still help find a negotiated solution, I don’t see any other solution,” he said.

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