The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, described as “mockery” of the interview given by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinto the ultraconservative American journalist Tucker Carlson, in which he warned that a defeat for his country in Ukraine is impossible.
“The Russian president mocks what Russia is really doing in Ukraine and gives a completely absurd explanation about the causes of this war,” Scholz launched on his X account.
The Russian president mocks what Russia is really doing in Ukraine and gives a completely absurd explanation about the causes of this war. This makes it all the clearer for us: we remain firmly on Ukraine’s side.
— Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (@Federal Chancellor) February 9, 2024
“This makes it even clearer for us: we remain firmly on the side of Ukraine,” said the German Chancellor, ratifying his support for the country led by Volodymyr Zelensky.
Among other things, Putin said in the interview broadcast on Thursday that it was Ukraine that started the war in 2014 when President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown and that Russia's goal is to end this war, which, he maintained, has signs of a civil war as Russians and Ukrainians are one people.
He also considered that Russia has not yet achieved its objectives in Ukraine, because one of them is its “denazification.”
Scholz He met on Friday in the United States with President Joe Biden, along with whom they asked the US Congress to approve more funds for Ukraine. “Without the support of the United States and (…) European states, Ukraine would have no chance of defending its own country,” the German warned.
During a press conference in Washington, Scholz also accused President Putin of “telling a lot of lies” in the “ridiculous interview” with American presenter Tucker Carlson that aired on Thursday.
“He wants to keep part of his neighbors' territory. He is simply imperialist,” Scholz said.
The 27 countries of the European Union recently agreed on a €50 billion package for Ukraine until 2027, after Hungary lifted its veto.
Germany is the second largest contributor in absolute terms after the United States, with more than 7 billion euros this year, and is urging its European partners to increase their aid.