‘I was wrong about Putin,’ says chastised German president – The Organization for World Peace

On Monday, April 4, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier admitted his wrongdoing after his broad appeasement of Vladimir Putin’s aggressive advancement and protracted plea for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia. With close ties to the Kremlin and a long history in favor of Western rapprochement with Russia, President Steinmeier now believes it was an apparent mistake to engage in a policy with Russia after the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine.

One of Germany’s main efforts to engage with Moscow and bring the nation closer to the Western sphere has been to develop energy transit activities, such as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. build a common European home,” said Steinmeier. “We were sticking to a bridge that Russia no longer believed in and that other partners had warned us against,” he added. Furthermore, the German President expressed his surprise at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, noting: “I did not think that Vladimir Putin would accept the complete economic, political and moral ruin of his country in the name of his madness. imperial”.

Steinmeier, a social democrat who served as foreign minister under Chancellor Angela Merkel and chief of staff to each other, former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, before being elevated to the presidency, played a role prominent in many complex entanglements and friendly gestures toward Putin. over the past two decades. Many EU countries have raised concerns about closer trade and energy ties, as well as fears that the Kremlin has manipulated Germany. However, Steinmeier disputed this with the idea that this proximity would form an interdependence between the two nations and, like the Washington Post describes it, “Would make the Russian bear cuddly rather than scary.”

Since the invasion of Ukraine, there have been reports that Germany has been reluctant to get involved in supporting the defense of Volodymyr Zelensky against Putin’s atrocious war crimes and aggression. Andriy Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Berlin, has been an outspoken figure in recent months as he tries to remind Germans that they are failing in their historic responsibility and obligation. So far, many in the global community believe they have not demonstrated this German duty by actions taken, such as demonstrating their continued support by sending adequate resources to Ukraine.

While another step in the right direction, Germany’s history of hesitation and misguided appeasement efforts over the years ultimately allowed Russia to take the aggressive strides. and war crimes currently occurring in Ukraine. Germany and the Steinmeier presidency are a modern example of why nations should not support hostile, autocratic rulers on the basis of mere possible commercial advantages. It is now crucial that President Steinmeier takes a firm stance on helping Ukraine – through medical and financial support – and takes explicit action to dissuade Putin from continuing the war, for example by cutting energy and trade with Russia in order to weaken it. the country.

Aubrey L. Morgan