Ukraine Urges German to Take Bold Steps

- 12 January 2022 21:07 WIB
A Kiev's envoy to Berlin said that the Chancellor's government needs to take bold steps. (Courtesy of Flickr/Stephan Röhl)
A Kiev's envoy to Berlin said that the Chancellor's government needs to take bold steps. (Courtesy of Flickr/Stephan Röhl)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Ukrainian Ambassador Andrij Melnyk urges Germany's new Chancellor Olaf Scholz to show more leadership in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The Kiev's envoy to Berlin told Reuters on Tuesday that the Chancellor's government needs to take bold steps, emphasizing that it would be dangerous to fulfill Russian demands to the U.S.-led NATO alliance to rule out admitting the former Soviet state.

"Today, we need the personal leadership of Chancellor Olaf Scholz to force (Russian) President Vladimir Putin to the negotiating table," Melnyk said. "This would be a litmus test for the new foreign policy."

"So far there has been a lot of dialogue with Russia - alas, without results - but not enough severity," he said. He also added that German defensive weapons might be necessary for Ukraine to dissuade the Russians from attacking as Russia placed troops near Ukraine's border.

Melnyk also asked Germany to cancel the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to bring Russian gas directly to the country, bypassing Ukraine and therefore depriving it of transit fees. The project has been a subject in an upcoming bill regarding sanctions on Nord Stream 2 from the U.S. Senate set to vote this week.

Critics said that the pipeline is a geopolitical tool, while supporters say it is a mere commercial project. Germany's new regime, however, is divided over the pipeline with Social Democrats supporting it as the country is in dire need of natural gas after shutting down its nuclear and coal plants, and its junior coalition partners, the Greens, opposing Nord Stream 2.

Scholz has previously said that Germany is ready to impose sanctions on Russia but not before aggression is detected and Nord Stream 2 should not be singled out. His government made a stand that the conflict should be resolved by political, not military means.

Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya

Source: Reuters

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