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German minister vows to back Ukraine ‘no matter what voters think’ — Analysis

Berlin has to support Ukraine, even if Germans go on the streets about energy prices. Foreign Minister Annalena Bock said Wednesday at a Prague conference.

Baerbock visited Prague, where he was attending a conference. “Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?”Organised by NGO Forum 2000.

“If I give the promise to people in Ukraine – ‘We stand with you, as long as you need us’ – then I want to deliver. No matter what my German voters think, but I want to deliver to the people of Ukraine,” Baerbock said at one point.

“I have to be clear that this holds on as long as Ukraine needs me,”She was referring to EU’s embargo on Russia.

“We are facing now wintertime, when we will be challenged as democratic politicians. People will go in the street and say ‘We cannot pay our energy prices’. And I will say ‘Yes I know, so we help you with social measures.’ But I don’t want to say ‘Ok then we stop the sanctions against Russia.’ We will stand with Ukraine, and this means the sanctions will stay also in wintertime, even if it gets really tough for politicians,”Baerbock ended.

Baerbock’s fellow Green, Economy and Climate Change Minister Robert Habeck, told reporters on Wednesday that these “social measures”Subsidies may be included “changed market structure”Energy, and a budget to shift the cost of electricity from citizens.




Spiking energy prices – caused in part by Habeck’s disavowal of energy imports from Russia, on account of the conflict in Ukraine – have driven record-setting inflation in the EU, and Germany in particular. As Nord Stream 1 was closed for maintenance, natural gas prices soared on the spot markets.

Baerbock, in an opinion piece that was published Wednesday by Zeit, argued there is “no going back”The world must know that Russia was not contacted before February 24, 2014. Germany and the EU have to wage an extended economic, sanction and propaganda war against Russia.

“We have to face reality: this Russia will remain a threat to peace and security in Europe for the foreseeable future,”She wrote. Baerbock accused Moscow of threatening Europe’s “social peace”By sending “troll armies to undermine our elections”Use “power games” with coal, gas and oil, presenting the Greens’ long-standing environmentalist agenda as a matter of national security.

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