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INTERNATIONAL – Almost silent since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Angela Merkel spoke for the first time on Monday 4 April. The former chancellor reacted – through her spokesperson – to the criticism of the current Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky† Whoever left politics at the end of 2021 confirms in a short statement from her spokesperson that she “starts her decisions from the top of NATO of 2008 in Bucharest”.
In a video message on Sunday evening, Volodymyr Zelensky denounced NATO’s “hidden refusal” in 2008 to welcome Ukraine to its ranks because of the “absurd fears of certain political leaders regarding” Moscow. The latter “thought they could appease Russia by rejecting Ukraine,” the head of state criticized.
Volodymyr Zelensky introduced Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy go to boutcha, a city northwest of Kiev recently taken over by the Ukrainians, where many civilians have died. “I invite Ms Merkel and Mr Sarkozy to visit Boutcha and see what the policy of concessions towards Russia has led to,” the Ukrainian president said.
Merkel urges her “full support” for Ukraine
“Given the atrocities discovered in Bucha and other places in Ukraine, all efforts by the government and the international community to assist Ukraine and end Russia’s barbarism and war against Ukraine have the full support of the former chancellor,” replies Angela Merkel’s spokesman. in her message.
Chancellor, who remained in charge of Germany for 16 years, is now being criticized for not being firm in the face of the president Vladimir Poutine and in his policy towards Russia, including through his own camp. The conservative leader has also been criticized for making Germany dependent on Russian gas, which accounted for more than half of the country’s imports before the war.
At the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008, Germany spoke out against the launch of Ukraine’s accession process and Georgiaa view shared by President Sarkozy, who believed that these were not sufficiently stable democracies.
“We don’t blame the West. We don’t blame anyone but the Russian army (…) and those who ordered them,” Volodymyr Zelensky added, however, in his message on Sunday evening. Westerners on Monday called for an investigation into “war crimes” blamed on Russian soldiers in the Kiev region, which Moscow flatly denies but denounced as “genocide” by Ukraine.
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