Ukraine conflict: SPD is looking for a position on Russia

As of: 01/28/2022 3:22 p.m

Chancellor Scholz meets US President Biden in Washington on February 7 – the Ukraine conflict will be a main topic. Before that, the SPD wants to clarify its position on Russia. There has recently been harsh criticism.

By Kai Küstner, ARD Capital Studio

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s chief spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, praised what he saw as “very close and unanimous agreement on dealing with Russia” between the United States and Germany.

Kai Küstner
ARD Capital Studio

It shouldn’t be a coincidence that he was emphasizing this just now, since allies had also voiced clear criticism of the German government’s course on Russia and Germany’s reliability had been called into question.

Scholz for talks in Washington

Of course, the Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine will also be the main topic of the meeting between US President Joe Biden and the German Chancellor in ten days.

It is not the case that only criticism comes from abroad, said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry. There are very strong signals of unity from the US administration in particular.

allegation of lack of harshness

The fact that within the traffic light government, the SPD in particular is not showing enough toughness towards Moscow and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is packing too much in cotton wool – that is an accusation that has recently been heard frequently, especially from the Union.

At the invitation of SPD party leader Lars Klingbeil, leading social democrats will now deal with their position on Russia in a closed session on Monday. That became dem ARD Capital Studio confirmed by party circles after the “Spiegel” had reported on the planned meeting.

Within the SPD, for example, the views on how to deal with the NordStream2 pipeline differ widely. Scholz recently made it clear that the gas pipeline is definitely part of the sanctions toolkit – saying that in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine “all options” are on the table.

Nevertheless, the meeting should be about setting up the party more clearly on the subject of Russia.

Russia – Scholz visits Biden, SPD clarifies course

Kai Küstner, ARD Berlin, 28.1.2022 · 14:29

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