Putin's invasion shattered dreams of progress - Scholz

04 July 2022, 09:05 | Economy
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shattered post-Cold War illusions by creating a different dynamic in Europe than that of a few months ago.. He made this statement on CBS on Sunday, July 3, Politico reports..

“I think that too many in the world hoped that we were living in a different world, which is different from the experience of the past and previous centuries,” Scholz said, adding that “we had an agreement that there should be no attempts to change territory. […] This agreement has now been canceled by Putin.”.

The German chancellor also compared Putin with the politicians of previous centuries, for whom territorial gains and aggressive wars are a demonstration of the greatness of the nation.. What is Putin thinking about He thinks like the imperialists of the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries,” he said, “He thinks that everything related to the nation is power, and if you are strong enough, you can simply take over the territory of your neighbors.”. And this is an activity and an idea that we cannot and will not accept.”.

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The Russian invasion, in his opinion, changed the dynamics in Europe, including leading to the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, and Putin's actions forced Germany to adjust its long-standing foreign policy..

“We made a very, very difficult decision to change the political strategies that we have followed for many decades - never supply weapons to a country in conflict,” he said..

The leader of the German government also called it a mistake that Germany became dependent on Russian energy resources: “It was wrong that we were not ready at any moment to change the company that supplies us with gas, oil and coal. We had to invest across Europe in infrastructure that gives us the ability to change deliveries from one day to the next.

And I think that's the lesson that you've learned in Europe and many other places that you should be prepared for - be prepared for a situation like this."

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Recall, Scholz also explained why German weapons are delivered to Ukraine more slowly than American ones.. According to him, the reason is that Germany provides the most modern types of weapons that require training in how the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine work on them..

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