Germany suggests ways to ‘annoy’ Putin — Analysis

The vice chancellor of Germany says Germans should work from home, and instead use bikes to cut down on energy consumption.

Every German should contribute to reducing the nation’s dependence on Russian energy, federal Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Robert Habeck told the Funke Media Group on Friday, as he called on fellow citizens to start reducing their energy consumption, while offering several tips.

“As a rule of thumb, I would say: saving 10% is always possible,”Habeck stated that urging “everyone to make a contribution to saving energy now”Announcement of a Government Campaign According to the Green politician, saving energy is only one part of his effort. “become more independent from Russian imports,”Also, a “big joint project”This will be a long-term benefit for Germany.

“It will make it easier on the wallet and annoy [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,”Minister said that, and added: “we will protect climate on top of that.”According to the minister, there are several measures that can be taken. “not just on Sundays,”People can also work from their homes, like it was during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

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At the very least, people could work remotely. “one or two days a week on a voluntary basis for the time being,”Habeck spoke out. The minister claims that drawing the curtains when heating an apartment at night could help save as much as 5% on energy. A reduction of one degree in the room temperature would result in an additional 6% savings, he said. “may not be quite as comfortable, you are not freezing yet.”

Habeck is also determined to supply Ukraine more weapons during its current military standoff with Russia. “More weapons must come,”He said that Berlin could not leave Kiev on Friday as he stated earlier. “alone.”

“Ukraine must not lose; Putin must not win,”He stated that Berlin has to take care of Germany, but Berlin must not make Germany look bad. “a target,”Germany created the framework for it, adding “delivers everything that is possible,”But this “does not include tanks or fighter jets so far.”

Minister also pointed out that Leopard 1 tanks, which German defense firm Rheinmetall had reportedly thought about sending to Ukraine this week, are not yet combat-ready and could be made so over months.

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Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.

In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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