the chancellor of GermanyOlaf Scholz, reaffirmed this Sunday that his country will not allow the war in Ukraine escalated to a conflict between Russia and NATOafter meeting in Santiago with the Chilean president gabriel boricas part of his tour of South America.
“We have contributed to the fact that there is no escalation of the conflict because this would have serious consequences for the whole world. This would lead, for example, to a war between Russia and the NATO countries, this will not happen, we are going to avoid it with all our efforts, we have succeeded so far and we will continue to do so,” said the head of the German government.
After declaring in an interview this Sunday with a German media outlet that he would not send combat aircraft to Ukraine after having promised 14 Leopard 2 tanksthe German chancellor explained in Santiago that together with the president of the United States Joe Biden “we refuse to send troops to Ukraine” in order to avoid an escalation of the conflict.
“It’s about supporting Ukraine, it’s about having a serious discussion to make the decisions that have to be made and it shouldn’t be a competition of who sends the most weapons,” Scholz explained.
The German leader recalled that Germany “has given support like other countries financially, humanitarianly and also arms shipments is our obligation.”
“There is no country that supports Ukraine more than Germany,” he added.
For his part, Boric indicated that he will shortly hold a video call with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski, and reaffirmed his commitment to support “in demining” once the war ends and “contribute multilaterally to peace.”
“We will always defend multilateralism, the peaceful resolution of conflicts and the validity of human rights,” said the Chilean president.
Scholz’s tour of South America began on Saturday in Argentina where he met with President Alberto Fernández. On Monday, the German chancellor will continue in Santiago to meet with Chilean and German businessmen.
After that meeting, he will leave for Brazil and become the first leader of the Western powers to meet with Lula da Silva since he assumed the presidency on January 1. (Yo)
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