Kuleba on Germany’s Ukraine policy: ‘We are paying the price in human lives’

To: 04/14/2022 18:32

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba renewed Germany’s demand for heavy weapons. Ukraine is paying the price for Germany’s wavering policy with lives, he says daily topics-Interview.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the federal government to take a quick decision on the issue of arms deliveries. We live in historic times and historic times call for difficult decisions. He renewed his call for heavy weapons and tougher sanctions, such as an oil embargo. “Germany plays a leading role in Europe,” Kuleba said, “and we count on this leadership.” The time for half measures is over.

The federal government has long refused arms shipments to Ukraine, but several politicians have recently signaled that heavy weapons could also be delivered to Ukraine. So far, however, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been vague and reserved.

“I hope Scholz takes a positive decision,” Kuleba said. By the time a consensus is reached, Ukrainians will die and villages will be destroyed. “We are paying the price with lives,” he said. “We could have prevented the war” if Germany had changed its position sooner.

Ingo Zamperoni in conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

daily topics 11:35 p.m., April 14, 2022

“Don’t dig into the past”

In the dispute over Steinmeier’s canceled trip, Kuleba campaigned for normalization of German-Ukrainian relations. “I don’t want to dig into the history of injuries,” said Kuleba im daily topics-Interview and promoted by turning over a new leaf and looking to the future.

“Only when we are united can we defeat Russia and secure Europe.” The time for half measures is over. When asked if Steinmeier was in fact not invited, Kuleba was evasive.

Quarrel over Steinmeier

The dispute over German Ukrainian policy had recently come to a head. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wanted to visit kyiv with the Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian presidents. However, the Ukrainian government refused Steinmeier’s visit and instead invited Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The context would be Steinmeier’s Russian policy and Germany’s hesitant attitude towards arms deliveries and sanctions. Kuleba referred to a list of incidents that have damaged relations, specifically citing Nord Stream 2 and the debate over arms deliveries.

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