Scholz arrives in Ukraine as fears of a Russian invasion grow





The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has started this Monday a tour in which he will visit Kiev and Moscow and in which he will reiterate the solidarity and support from Germany to Ukraine to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, and will demand from Russia a “urgent signal” of de-escalationat a time when they Fears of a Russian invasion grown of the former Soviet republic.

“On my way to Ukraine. Today in Kiev and tomorrow in Moscow I will hold talks on the serious situation on the border with Ukraine. It is important for me to express our continued solidarity and support in Kiev,” Scholz said through his Twitter account.

The tension on the border between Russia and Ukraine has been on the rise in recent months. The chancellor’s visit comes after the White House National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, affirmed this Sunday that the Russian troops could invade Ukraine “any day from today”. At the same time, Sullivan bet on the way of diplomacy.

For their part, the Russian authorities have denied that they have plans to invade Ukraine and have demanded from NATO and the United States a dialogue on security guarantees before the expansion of the Atlantic Alliance to the eastsomething that Moscow considers a threat to the country.

“Serious consequences for Russia”

The German chancellor, who will meet this Tuesday with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, stressed that “from Moscow we expect a urgent de-escalation sign” and that a military aggression “would have serious consequences for Russia“, which has deployed more than 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine.

“On that we absolutely agree with our allies. We live a very serious threat to peace in Europe“, underlined Scholz, who this Sunday stated that on his trip to Kiev and Moscow he wants to “take the opportunity to see how we can guarantee peace in Europe“.

Scholz to travel to Ukraine amid accusations of ambiguity

Germany, together with France, is trying to break the deadlock in the peace negotiations for eastern Ukraine in what is known as Normandy format. In this sense, Scholz recalled that “Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have the joint task of find a way out of the crisis“That’s what’s going to be at the core of what we’re going to talk about,” he added.

Berlin rules out arming Kiev with lethal equipment for now, although Executive sources cited by the news agency DPA They do not rule out that you can send other types of supplies.

Russia asks for “common sense”

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, assured this Monday that America has a “cowboy attitude” towards the countries of the European Union and has expressed his wish that “common sense prevails” in the face of rising tensions.

“Let’s hope that common sense prevails and that Europeans think first of all about our common home, Europe, where we cohabit with each other as direct neighbors“, highlighted Peskov, who has argued that “the desperate attempts to expand the role of the European Union in international affairs are not entirely successful”, because “the Washington’s influence remains very strong“.

The spokesman has also stated that the hypothetical Ukraine’s rejection of the idea of ​​joining the Atlantic Alliance it would help the West respond in a “substantial” way to Russian security concerns.

In this way, Peskov responds to the statements of the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Vadym Prystaiko, who stated in an interview with the British network BBC that your country would be “flexible” on its goal of joining NATO to avoid a military confrontation with Russia.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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