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Putin’s ‘absurd’ reasoning about war in Ukraine would trigger centuries of war: Scholz


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a speech in Berlin on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reasoning for invading Ukraine could spark centuries of war.

Scholz said the Russian president launched the war for “completely absurd” reasoning, Deutsche Welle reported, and added that Putin had previously said that Belarus and Ukraine “shouldn’t actually be independent states” in because of their alleged historical association with Moscow.

However, Scholz said pursuing such reasoning will not get nations “out of wars for the next 200 years.”

The chancellor also said that NATO “has never been a threat to Russia” and that the war in Ukraine should not escalate further. Scholz went on to explain that Putin had planned this invasion for a long time before it even started in February.

Above, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz answers questions at the Federal Government’s Open Day in Berlin on Sunday. Scholz said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reasoning about invading Ukraine could trigger centuries of war.
Photo by JENS SCHLUETER/AFP via Getty Images

“It’s a war that Putin, Russia, started, and clearly with the intention of conquering his neighboring country – I think that was the original goal,” Scholz said, according to Deutsche Welle.

The Chancellor added that Russia is currently focused on gaining territory in eastern Ukraine, according to Globe Echo.

“Putin actually came up with the idea of ​​running a felt-tip pen across the European landscape and then saying, ‘This is mine and this is yours,'” Scholz said, adding that Germany would not accept not that, but would continue to dialogue. with Putin.

In February, Germany halted the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with the Kremlin, which would have increased its supply of Russian gas, after Putin announced that Moscow would recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed ‘people’s republics’. of Donetsk and Lugansk in Ukraine.

“We also need to reassess the situation with Nord Stream 2. It sounds very technocratic but it is the administrative step needed to stop certification of the pipeline,” Scholz said at the time.

Echoing some of Scholz’s remarks, biographer Philip Short, who has written a biography on Putin, said earlier this month in an article he wrote for Time that the Russian president has long had a “fixation” on Ukraine, which officially became independent in 1991 after breaking away from the Soviet Union.

The biographer also said that Putin’s first major political defeat for the presidency was caused by Ukraine when the Eastern European country saw the Orange Revolution protests in late 2004 that prevented the candidate supported by the Kremlin, Viktor Yanukovych, to secure the Ukrainian presidency.

Putin and other Russian officials attempt to justify their so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine with the bizarre claim that Ukraine is run by “neo-Nazis” and needs to be “denazified”.

In reality, Zelensky is Jewish, and members of his family died during the Holocaust which was perpetuated by the Nazis during World War II. He was elected with around three-quarters of the vote in 2019, when Ukraine’s prime minister was also Jewish, which would contradict Russia’s claims that Ukrainians embraced a “Nazi” ideology.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comments.

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