Germany’s Russia policy in tatters after Russian invasion of Ukraine
By: Ben Knight
24 February 2022
Commentary (by Belt and Noose): “In reading this article, one can foretell the moment in which America will find itself in a similar situation with China.” -WP
Germany’s historic Russia policy, which has been focused on “special relationship” diplomacy and economic ties rather than confrontation, has been struck a blow by Russia’s escalation. What now for Berlin?
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had major consequences for Germany’s foreign policy.
Following Russia’s attack on Thursday morning, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took to Twitter to say:
“The situation is serious. The peace in Europe is built on not changing borders. We must return to these principles: State sovereignty is respected. Borders will not be moved.”
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was more emotional, warning that the world would “not forget this day of shame.” “Germany is stunned, but not helpless,” she said, announcing a package of “massive sanctions.”
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, former defense minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s previous center-right government, admitted policy failures. Taking to Twitter in English on Thursday she wrote she was angry at Germany for not preparing any deterrence and showing military strength.