German Finance Minister Scholz Commits to Supporting Kyiv With U.S. and Europe’s Agreement

German leader voices solidarity with Ukraine against Putin’s imperialism

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed solidarity this Sunday with Ukraine in its conflict against Russia, condemning the Kremlin’s “imperialism” and backing European partners for the defense of the country.

At a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, Scholz stated that “Putin’s imperialism will not win” and declared that Germany and its friends will “write a new chapter in European history”

The Chancellor expressed pride in the achievements of the Franco-German axis in the European Union’s project of peace, citing other countries that joined the project such as Greece, Spain and Portugal. Scholz also denounced Russia’s intentions to “change the borders by force” and discussed the conflict in Ukraine, where “Ukrainian men and women pay a terrible price.”

The visit to Paris came as Germany faces pressure from allies such as the United States, United Kingdom and Poland to agree to Ukraine’s request for the shipment of German-made “Leopard2” tanks.

At their joint press conference later in the day, Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron would put to rest the tensions that arose between their respective nations in 2022 when both governments clashed over defense and energy matters.

​Immediately after their meeting, the two leaders would attend a Franco-German Council of Ministers to mark the Élysée Treaty’s 60th anniversary.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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