Scholz before US trip: warning words towards Moscow

Status: 02/06/2022 03:39 a.m

Before his US trip, Chancellor Scholz warned Russia against invading Ukraine – and threatened the consequences. According to CDU leader Merz, Scholz should have traveled to Washington earlier.

Before his trip to Washington, Chancellor Olaf Scholz referred to exchanges with Germany’s important partners in view of the Ukraine crisis. “The close coordination between the European partners and with the USA is very important,” said the SPD politician of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

“The goal is to convey a unified and coherent message to the Kremlin: A violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will have severe consequences for Russia – politically, economically and geostrategically. All European allies agree on this. “

Meeting with Biden on Monday

According to information from “Bild am Sonntag”, the Chancellor telephoned French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday. Scholz is traveling to the United States today, and a meeting with US President Joe Biden is planned for Monday.

Macron, who spoke to Johnson on the phone on Saturday, is with Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin on Monday. Macron and Polish President Andrzej Duda want to come to Berlin to talk about the crisis. Scholz is expected in the Kremlin the following week and also in Ukraine.

“This trip is too late”

According to CDU leader Friedrich Merz, Scholz should have traveled to the United States earlier. “This trip comes too late. It would have been necessary weeks ago and then with a clear message from the most important European countries in the luggage,” he told the “Bild am Sonntag”. Now the trip seems “like the visit of a petitioner who can no longer get out of a situation of his own making and therefore has to ask his big brother in Washington for help”.

“Under him as chancellor, Germany apparently likes its role as an outsider, as a naysayer and as an obstacle to a European strategy,” criticized Merz. The chancellor’s “speechlessness” stunned him. “In the midst of the greatest threat to peace and freedom in Europe, the chancellor has largely disappeared. All his predecessors would have done it differently.”

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