Friday, January 14, 2022
Tensions on the border with Ukraine
Lambrecht condemns Russian deployment
Defense Minister Lambrecht sharply criticized Russia in her speech to the Bundestag. Any attack on Ukraine will have consequences, says the SPD politician. The minister also referred to Moscow in connection with a Bundeswehr mission in Mali.
Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht condemned Russia’s behavior towards Ukraine. “I say it very clearly: the Russian march on the Ukrainian border violates all the rules of peaceful coexistence”, she underlined in the Bundestag. “And every Russian attack on Ukraine will have consequences. Because the conflict threatens peace in Europe and therefore we Europeans must be actively involved.”
Lambrecht stressed the importance of having discussions on this topic at all levels. “We must use all means to defuse this conflict.” At the same time, however, it is clear that international law must be respected. “The state sovereignty of our eastern neighbors is inviolable,” Lambrecht stressed. Russia also has “no veto power on alliance issues, and neither can it blackmail us here.”
In view of the massive deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, the West fears that Russia is preparing an invasion of the neighboring country. The Kremlin categorically rejects it. At the same time, he calls for agreements between the United States and NATO to ban NATO’s expansion to the east and the establishment of US military bases in the states of the former sphere of influence. Soviet.
Lambrecht stressed that on this issue the EU must be “very close to each other” both internally and with NATO. In this context, she announced talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin next week.
Debate on the Federal Armed Forces in Mali
The Defense Minister also commented on the situation in Mali, where soldiers from the German armed forces are active as part of a UN mission and EU deployment. Lambrecht criticized the country’s military junta for wanting to postpone the elections initially scheduled for February for up to five years. New elections must be organized quickly, “everything else is unacceptable”.
“It is also a serious mistake that there are mercenaries supported by Russia in Mali,” added Lambrecht. These are known to “violate human rights, murder, torture and destabilize other states”. For the Federal Armed Forces, the following applies: “If nothing changes in Mali, there can be no simple status quo there.
More recently, the Commissioner of the Armed Forces Eva Högl questioned the mission of the Federal Armed Forces in Mali and suggested that a possible withdrawal be considered. “We have to analyze it ruthlessly. And then this option should also be on the table,” said the SPD politician. However, “what are our realistic goals” needs to be agreed with international partners. Germany should play an active role in this and present an honest interim report.