The ex-German chancellor is not going to negotiate with Putin on the situation in Ukraine, as he believes that she should not do what the German government does not ask her to do
Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not going to be mediator in resolving the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. She stated this in an interview with German journalist Alexander Osang, the Phoenix TV channel reports.
“In my view, I should not do things that the German government does not ask me to do,”— Merkel said, noting she had no plans to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin. In her opinion, such negotiations “will not bring any benefit.”
Speaking of her rejection of Ukraine's accelerated entry into NATO in 2008, Merkel explained that at the time it was a very divided country “dominated by the oligarchs.” “It was not an internally democratically stable country,” said Merkel, explaining why she opposed Ukraine's membership in the alliance at the Bucharest summit in 2008 (quoted by the Associated Press).
According to her, if NATO had given Kyiv the opportunity to join the alliance at that time, then Putin could inflict “tremendous damage on Ukraine,” Zeit reports.
“I was absolutely sure that Putin would not allow this just like that. For him, from his point of view, it was a declaration of war. <…> I don't share any of this, but I know how he thought, — added ex-chancellor.
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In April 2008, a NATO summit was held in Bucharest, at which it was reported that Georgia and Ukraine have the right to membership in the alliance, but the decision on this issue was postponed indefinitely. Merkel then opposed the entry of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, explaining that only those countries in which the bloc is supported not only by politicians, but also by a significant percentage of the population should join NATO.
In March 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that he lost interest in the issue of his country's accession to NATO. “We realized that NATO is not ready to accept Ukraine— the alliance is afraid of contradictions and confrontation with Russia»,— he said.
Commenting on the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which began on February 24, Merkel called it “a major turning point in the history of Europe.” after the end of the Cold War. She condemned Russia's actions and said that she was following the developments in Ukraine “with the greatest concern and sympathy.”
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