German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on the Russian authorities to take clear steps to de-escalate the conflict with Ukraine. The situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border worries the governments of Germany and Spain and is “very, very serious,” Scholz said in Madrid on Monday, January 17, at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. “We must not lose sight of the movement of (Russian. – Ed.) troops. They are large-scale and pose a threat to the sovereignty of Ukraine,” the head of the German government said.
He once again warned the Russian Federation against the invasion: “Military aggression against Ukraine will have serious political and economic consequences.” According to Olaf Scholz, the main task of Germany and Spain is “to do everything possible to avoid such a development of events from which everyone will ultimately suffer.”
At the same time, Scholz indirectly refused to supply Ukraine with German weapons. According to him, there are no disagreements within the German government on this issue. “This also includes maintaining continuity in what German governments have skillfully done in the past,” said the German Chancellor.