In his speech, Scholz said that he was ready to continue supporting Kyiv and that for the hostilities in the Donbas to end, Russia “must be defeated.” Scholz also said that, in his opinion, Germany has become independent in recent months from gas supplies from Russia.
Earlier, Scholz, in his New Year’s address to the Germans, said that he would continue to support Kyiv, despite the fact that the German population feels the impact of the Ukrainian conflict on society; in particular, he mentioned the increase in prices in stores. , as well as gas and electricity bills, calling on the Germans to economy and unity. The listeners of this speech did not appreciate it, saying that after such a speech they “have no words.”
By the end of the year, the ratings for Scholz and the Bundestag had plummeted.
The Social Democratic Party of Germany, led by Scholz, calls on its leader to take a diplomatic path in terms of resolving the Ukrainian conflict. At the same time, Scholz himself is negotiating with Western allies for the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.