Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday condemned the “Russian invasion” of Ukraine, a “gross violation of international law”, and expressed her solidarity with Ukraine, as well as her support for the actions of Berlin and its partners.
Six months after leaving the chancellery and politics, harshly criticized for her policy towards Russia, Angela Merkel took a stand last night, in her first public appearance since the end of her term, clearly in favor of Ukraine and its Western partners. . He expressed “solidarity with Ukraine, which has been attacked and invaded by Russia”, and “support for the country’s right to self-defense”, speaking at a rally marking the departure of Rainer Hoffmann, the former head of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB). He also expressed support for the efforts of the German government, the EU, the US, NATO, the UN and the Group of Seven “to stop Russia’s barbaric attack”.
Indirectly defending her position so far, Mrs Merkel noted that as former chancellor she did not want to express “marginal” assessments of government decisions, nor did she want to give self-advised advice. “I will not do it today. Not even for the situation in Ukraine. But, of course, I am not neutral,” he said, adding that “Russia’s invasion of its neighbor marks a clear violation of international law in the history of Europe after the end.” of World War II “, and describing the Russian attack as a” deep turning point “. However, she made no reference to her own policies or to her possible mistakes.
Referring to the war, Ms. Merkel pointed out that no one can seriously assess how far-reaching its consequences could be, militarily, politically, economically and socially. “But it will certainly be important – especially for Ukrainians,” he said, referring to “human rights violations” by the Ukrainian people. “Boutsa represents this horror,” he said, referring to the horrors reported in the city near Kyiv, while referring to the millions of people who were forced to flee the country to escape. “A small but wonderful ray of hope in this immense sorrow” is the enormous support for Ukrainians from many neighboring countries, such as Poland and Moldova, he judged.
“We must never take freedom and peace for granted,” she said, adding that the former chancellor was a key figure in the quest for European cohesion, which she said played a key role in the current situation. “We can all contribute, each in his own way,” he added.
On Tuesday, the former chancellor will make a new public appearance. This time, he will answer the questions of the journalist Alexander Ozang in an event entitled “So what is my country?”.