German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Russia’s war against Ukraine “the greatest catastrophe of our time” and said that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin should not win this war – and will not win. He said this today, speaking at an event in Hamburg, reports Bild.
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“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is the greatest catastrophe of our time. The world after this aggressive and destructive war will no longer be the same as before. It no longer exists,” Scholz said.
Russia’s brutal, aggressive and destructive war marks a radical break with the post-Cold War European peace order, the chancellor said.
Scholz stated that “many smart heads” would find such an escalation impossible due to close international ties after 1989. He believes that, rationally, the close interdependence of national economies has long made armed conflict so expensive that no perpetrator should even think of resorting to this method.
However, Scholz noted, any rational cost-benefit logic collapses “when irrational actors throw the idea of cooperation out of ideological blindness,” and that is precisely what has now happened.
The chancellor said that “the imperialist and revanchist ideology of Russian power and Russian greatness” meant more to Putin than the well-being of his own people.
“Putin should not win this criminal war of aggression against Ukraine – and he will not win this war. If Putin gets away with it, there is a risk of international lawlessness. For this reason alone, Russia should not win,” Scholz added.
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