Criticism addressed to Angela Merkel: "You are to blame"
Images of bloodshed with killed civilians in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, toured the world. Ukrainian government accuses Russian soldiers of that. But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also has serious objections to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Zelensky said that he invites the former German Chancellor to visit Bucha to see "where the policy of concessions to Russia in the last 14 years has led".
14 years ago, at the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Bucharest, first of all Angela Merkel and the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy advocated that Ukraine not receive an invitation to join NATO, so as not to provoke Russia. Today, Zelensky calls it a "wrong calculation" because of which Ukraine is now experiencing "the most terrible war since the Second World War".
North Stream 2 after the annexation of Crimea EPA/EFE/ SERGEY DOLZHENKO
Even after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, the German government under Angela Merkel did not want to deliver weapons to Ukraine. And immediately afterwards, it gave permission for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine as a transit country for Russian gas. "How can Moscow understand this as tacit approval of violent border changes," said Henning Hoff of the German Foreign Policy Association.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also addressed Angela Merkel directly: "Madam Chancellor, you have been silent since the beginning of the war. And it is German policy in the last ten or fifteen years that has led Russia to have that power today, based on a monopoly on raw materials". Morawiecki added that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was blocking the decisive sanctions of the European Union.
Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz...