Russia cannot dictate peace agreement in Ukraine – POLITICO

BERLIN (AP) — Russia should not be able to set the terms of any peace deal that ends its invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Sunday during a television address marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II. .

“I cannot tell you today when and how Russia’s cruel war against Ukraine will end,” Scholz said. “But one thing is clear, there should be no peace dictated by Russia. The Ukrainians will not accept that, and neither will we.”

Under Scholz, Germany has broken a long-standing taboo by agreeing to provide offensive weaponry to Ukraine for use in its war against Russian forces. But Scholz has come under fire for not moving quickly enough in his support of Ukraine and also from many domestically for going too far in sending weapons.

In his speech Sunday night, Scholz tried to assure Germans that he was working in concert with the country’s allies and would not make NATO a direct part of the war. The “difficult” decisions taken by his government to support kyiv in recent weeks were necessary to counter Russian aggression, he said.

“Not having done so would mean capitulating to sheer violence and empowering the aggressor,” Scholz said.

On Monday, the day Russia commemorates its victory in World War II, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver a speech from Moscow’s Red Square about the conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had invited Scholz to visit kyiv on that date in a symbolic move meant to illustrate Germany’s support.

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