Germany called on to “clearly show” Russia the country’s defense

By | July 16, 2020
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… German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in an interview with Zeit said that Germany must convey to Moscow a clear position on the country’s defense and its ability to defend itself if necessary.
“I am concerned about the question of how Germany should position itself in the future. What threatens us? How can we be strong? … After the end of the Cold War, we were fortunate enough to be surrounded by friends for a long time. Now we definitely feel that 1989 was not the end Instead, we are confronted with conflicts between the United States and China, which increasingly challenge us Europeans as to what we are willing to do for our values and our way of life. If we are to assert ourselves as Europeans, we can only do this together. This is expected from the leadership of Germany, and not only as an economic power. It is about collective defense … in the end, whether we want to actively shape the global order, “said Kramp-Karrenbauer. “The Russian leadership defends its interests – no matter what historical sources they may have, – very aggressively. In doubtful circumstances, it neglects the right of other countries to self-determination, which is incompatible with our post-war order and our values, ”she added, commenting on how the“ annexation of Crimea ”affected the post-Cold War situation.
“We need a reasonable neighborhood with Russia … At the same time, we must oppose the claims of the current leadership of the Russian Federation with a clear position: we are defensive and ready to defend ourselves under dubious circumstances,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Earlier, Spiegel reported that Kramp-Karrenbauer criticized the differences in the assessments of the EU countries in relation to Moscow and intends to use the German presidency in the EU to conduct a joint analysis of threats from Russia.

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