The politician said that she does not consider herself guilty of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Former German chancellor Angela Merkel did not apologize for her policy towards Russia.
The politician said that she does not consider herself guilty of Russia’s attack on Ukraine in an interview with the German publication Spiegel .
Since the end of her chancellorship in early December last year, Merkel has been very reserved in her public statements and speeches.
When asked by reporters if she could have done more or done something differently to prevent war, Merkel replied: “I don’t blame myself.” However, she also stated: “It was not possible to create a security architecture that could prevent this.”
I don’t feel like I should say, “That was wrong,” and so I won’t apologize,” she said in an interview with Spiegel.
According to Merkel, she blocked the granting of a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Ukraine in 2008, because “Ukraine was then a different country, it was very divided in the field of domestic politics,” and Russia would prevent accelerated entry, which “didn’t work would be beneficial.”
Merkel signaled that relations with Putin had deteriorated significantly since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. “It was a deep cut,” she said. Now she calls for increased military containment of Russia. “It’s the only language that Putin understands.”
Recall, as the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany says , statements about the political responsibility of the former leadership, which has put the country in risky dependence on Russia, are already being heard in German society.