Visit to Ukraine: CDU President Friedrich Merz criticizes Scholz on his way to Kiev

Germany visit to Ukraine

CDU chief Friedrich Merz criticizes Scholz on his way to Kiev

“The federal government must do more than just give status”

“There is no point in offering to join the EU if the country’s existence is threatened,” says CDU chief Friedrich Merz of Olaf Scholz’s trip to Kiev. Overall, he also expected more commitments from the chancellor.

CDU President Friedrich Merz criticized Chancellor Olaf Scholz after his visit to Kiev. Among other things, he accused him of not commenting clearly enough on Ukraine’s victory. Delayed arms deliveries would also be delayed by the federal government.

BFriedrich Merz criticized the fact that non-chancellor Olaf Scholz allegedly made too few concrete commitments to Ukraine on his way to Kiev. The CDU leader accused Scholz that the prospect of EU accession status would not help if Ukraine were destroyed first.

“It does not make sense to give a country like Ukraine accession and candidate status when the country as a whole is already threatened in its existence. And that’s where I think Europe, I think the federal government of the Federal Republic of Germany must do more than give status now, for a time that can really start after this war, “Merz told Welt.

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) at Kiev train station

Chancellor and war

Ukraine must win the war – in the sense that it will push the Russian army back at least to the line of contact that existed before the war began on February 24, 2022, Merz said.

The Russian army is now threatening the whole country, and not just eastern Ukraine. Merz, who himself traveled to Kiev in early May to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, wished the German Chancellor a “clearer language” and a “common language rule” for the four heads of state and government – also against Russia.

Ukraine has been at war for almost four months

“I could have imagined more because this country has been at war for almost four months. And this war is getting more and more cruel, “Merz said. He also complained that neither Scholz nor Macron had commented on the possible course of the war, “what aid they are offering Ukraine together and what decisions may need to be made when the weapons cease.”

Klaus Iohannis (from left to right), President of Romania, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Kiev

Klaus Iohannis (from left to right), President of Romania, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron, President of FranceMe and Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Kiev

Tito: pa / dpa / Kay Nietfeld

Ukraine, among other things, needs more weapons, but Scholz has not given any new arms supply guarantees, let alone fulfilling past promises. Other military commitments, such as the agreed circular arms exchange with the Czech Republic, would not work either. According to Merz, the Czech prime minister told him that.

The federal government is postponing arms supplies while Ukraine fights “every day for the physical survival of the country.” Even the training times for the complicated Cheetah tank “are not as long as the federal government always claims,” ​​says Merz. A: “Martens are in the industry and could be delivered immediately if they received an export license. Well, this is obviously slowing down, arms deliveries are delayed. And to this day, we have no real explanation for that. “

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD, l.), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

In principle, however, it was correct that Scholz traveled to Ukraine – although the trip came a little late.

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