Germany’s Scholz chastises European leaders for not providing Ukraine with sufficient aid

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Congress of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Berlin, January 28, 2024
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Congress of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Berlin, January 28, 2024
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European partners must provide greater financial and military support to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Conference in Berlin on Jan. 28.

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"We want peace. Ukrainians want peace most of all,” he said. “One thing that is needed first of all to make it happen - a clear message to the Russian president that he should not count on the fact that our European, and American support for Ukraine will subside.”

Putin hopes that some kind of miracle will happen, and partners will abandon Ukraine, which is why he is wasting so many human lives and investing so much in the war, Scholz said.

"Our message is: to just to sit and wait is wrong, the peace will come sooner than we can hope for only if we act."

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“We are currently at a very decisive moment.", Scholz said amid the suspension of American aid to Ukraine. Many European countries have announced military aid, but this is not enough, he said. Germany, in particular, has budgeted more than seven billion euros ($7.5 billion USD) for military support this year.

"That's a lot of money, but at the same time it's more than half of what the rest of Europe makes together," he noted.

European partners must contribute more, because it is wrong if Germany bears the entire burden, he said while addressing his European counterparts.

The Russian war is a big challenge for the whole world, but especially for Europe, he said.

Right-wing and left-wing populists are currently pursuing anti-European policies and are gaining more and more popularity in various European countries, he noted.

"Nationalists act against national interests," Scholz said.

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