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Germany should do business with Russia again – Scholz – RT World News

Once Russia ends the conflict in Ukraine, it should be able to do business with Germany again, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday. He reiterated that Moscow must and will not win, however.

A Russian government that puts an end to hostilities “needs a chance to restart economic cooperation, at another time when it will be possible”, Scholz said in Berlin, at a meeting of the Eastern Committee for German Business (OA), a business association focused on relations with Eastern Europe. “This is not the moment.”

“At the moment, the relations we have are reduced”, Scholz, according to the weekly Zeit. The EU is “strengthen the sanctions” now, but Russia will remain the largest country on the European continent after the conflict is resolved. “So it is very important that we prepare for this period.”

Scholz described the current conflict as an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to recreate a Russian empire that instead destroys the country’s future, and accused Moscow of atrocities against Ukrainian civilians. Russia must not win “and the Russian won’t win either” he told the business group.

Berlin’s determination to ditch Russian energy imports – pushed mainly by Scholz’s green coalition partners – created problems for Germany even before gas supplies were cut off by the sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines in September . The Germans are now trying to fill the shortages from elsewhere, but without success.

Earlier this month, Germany’s ambassador in Washington acknowledged economic hardship but said it was a small price to pay for a “deep transformation” of his country into a remilitarized continental power, more hostile to Russia and closer to the United States.

Despite all of Scholz’s promises to help Ukraine, kyiv continued to bully Berlin over tank deliveries and even more artillery. Last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s predecessor admitted that the 2014 Minsk agreement was not intended to resolve the conflict in Donbass, but to “give time to Ukraine” arm themselves against Russia.

Putin said he was disappointed by Merkel’s admission and that trust between Moscow and Berlin was now “almost to zero”.

Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk Accords, intended to give Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.


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