Former German leader Angela Merkel has defended herself against a barrage of criticism over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky and Poland, among others, accuse her of pursuing a pro-Russian policy.
Merkel blocked Ukraine’s entry into NATO in 2008 so as not to offend Russia. In a short statement, the former chancellor said that she still stands behind her decision.
Merkel says she “fully supports” international efforts to end Russian aggression in Ukraine. She points to the atrocities in Butsa near the capital Kyiv and those in other places.
Zelensky was vehemently against Merkel. He called on her to go to Butsha, where hundreds of bodies have been found in recent days after the withdrawal of the Russians. He believes she has conducted a totally wrong policy of concessions to Russia.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also argues that Merkel has ensured that Russia has become so strong. Germany has become hugely dependent on Russian gas and would therefore thwart tougher sanctions against Moscow.