Scholz called Russia’s actions in Ukraine a “senseless war.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that NATO countries and its partners, during a videoconference with the White House, came to an agreement that they should not allow the victory of the Russian army in Ukraine.
The head of the German government spoke about this agreement at a press conference following a video broadcast held on Tuesday with the participation of leaders of Western countries.
In addition to Scholz, the presidents of the United States, Poland, France, Romania, the Prime Ministers of Great Britain, Japan and Italy, as well as other officials, including the leaders of the European Union, took part in the videoconference.
“Together with our partners in the EU and NATO, we are absolutely united in the opinion that Russia should not win this war,” Scholz said.
The Chancellor directly addressed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the words: “Stop the shelling of Ukrainian cities. Allow an immediate truce to be established and withdraw your soldiers. Stop this terrible war.”
Scholz called Russia’s actions in Ukraine a “senseless war” and a “blatant violation of international law.”
In a statement issued by the office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson following the videoconference, it is reported that “the leaders agreed to work together to find a long-term security solution so that Ukraine cannot be attacked again in this way.”
The United States, for its part, will increase the supply of artillery to Ukraine, President Biden said, speaking to reporters after the video broadcast.
During the virtual meeting, Biden, in particular, listened to the opinions of French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the development of the situation in Ukraine and how exactly to provide official Kyiv with security guarantees after the end of the war, given that Ukraine is not a member of NATO.
According to France, these guarantees will be more like the articles of the Charter of the European Union on the collective defense of the countries that make up it, rather than the Fifth Article of the NATO charter, declaring that an attack on one country that is part of the alliance is an attack on all states belonging to the bloc.
At the moment, the United States views Moscow’s actions as a kind of «prelude» to larger-scale offensive military actions in eastern Ukraine, Reuters quote a White House source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Earlier on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a press pool accompanying the president during a trip to New Hampshire that the Biden administration would continue to supply Kiev with weapons and ammunition.