Berlin (dpa) – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to right away finish the assault on Ukraine. “Cease the insanity of this struggle. Now!”, Steinmeier mentioned in an announcement at his official Berlin residence Schloss Bellevue on Friday. Putin had “unleashed a struggle of aggression in opposition to Ukraine below false pretexts”. He mentioned it was horrible what the individuals there have been now having to dwell via: “Loss of life and harm, destruction, expulsion, the struggling of many 1000’s of individuals, all in our neighborhood.” Putin, he mentioned, was shedding the blood of the individuals he had solely lately described as brothers.
Steinmeier confused that Germany’s ideas had been with the individuals in Ukraine who had been the victims on this struggle. “The actions of their president may also have bitter penalties for the individuals in Russia. I say to all of them: We don’t want any enmity with the Russian individuals. Quite the opposite. However this injustice can’t be allowed to face with no clear response.” To this finish, he mentioned that the German authorities was working along with its companions in Nato and the EU. “You possibly can rely upon that.” Steinmeier emphasised: “Germany will do its half to discourage and dissuade Putin from violence in opposition to our companions within the alliance.” He added that this could “demand a number of the Germans”.
The German president renewed his enchantment to the Kremlin chief to not underestimate the ability of democracies, including that the individuals of Germany shouldn’t accomplish that both. “It’s good that individuals are taking to the streets and squares in our nation and expressing precisely that. Allow us to present our sympathy and solidarity in direction of the individuals of Ukraine.” “The Russian president shouldn’t imagine for a second that the individuals in Germany and Europe will merely settle for this brutal violence,” Steinmeier continued. On the similar time, he mentioned, these in Russia who needed peace must be proven that they weren’t alone. “Allow us to present one another and our companions proper now what’s essential to us: we would like peace, freedom, justice and self-determination for the peoples of Europe.”