Merkel says the war did not come as a surprise to her

Merkel says the war did not come as a surprise to her
Merkel says the war did not come as a surprise to her

Angela Merkel does not regret her policy towards the Russian Federation

The Minsk agreement, according to the ex-chancellor, by that time was “blurred”, and she no longer had enough influence for new negotiations.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, shortly before her resignation, tried to organize talks with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, but was unable to do so because she lacked leverage over the Russian president. Merkel spoke about this in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Merkel said she, along with French President Emmanuel Macron, planned to hold talks with Putin within the EU in 2021, her last summer in office.

“But I no longer had the leverage to insist, because, in the end, everyone knew she was leaving in the fall,” the ex-chancellor said.

Merkel also spoke about her last visit to Moscow in August 2021, during which she felt that she was no longer perceived as an influential politician.

“The feeling was very clear: ‘In terms of influence in politics, you’re done.’ All that matters to Putin is power.”

“The ex-Chancellor of Germany also noted that the full-scale war of the Russian Federation did not come as a surprise to her, since the Minsk agreement had “eroded away” by that time.

It is noted that the attitude towards Merkel in German society has changed dramatically after the start of a full-scale war, when the Germans realized the degree of dependence of the country’s economy on the supply of Russian raw materials and, above all, gas. Olaf Scholz, who positioned himself in the elections as a politician as close as possible to Merkel, announced a radical change of course since February. Many also blame Merkel for her opposition to Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO. Critics say that if these countries were now members of the alliance, Putin would not dare to attack Ukraine.

The author of the interview notes that Merkel did not find any remorse or regret. At the same time, she doesn’t regret leaving. The ex-chancellor admitted that she did not advance a millimeter not only in relation to Ukraine, but also Transnistria and Moldova, Georgia and Abkhazia, as well as Syria and Libya. So, according to her, someone else had to take care of it.

Earlier, the head of the German Ministry of Justice said that Merkel was responsible for the war, since her policy after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula largely influenced Russia’s subsequent unleashing of a full-scale war in Ukraine.

Recall, Merkel said that a lasting peace in Europe is possible only with the participation of Russia.

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