A top local politician stated that the fall of Soviet Union was a missed opportunity to create a European security system.
German State Minister warns against taking action “one-sided”view on the conflict with Russia, Ukraine.
Transport Minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Hermann joins a growing list of German politicians critical of Berlin’s “one-sided”Approach to Moscow. He has been accused in the past of holding a biased opinion of Russia.
“The military conflicts and participation in wars of the past 30 years do not justify the image that only “belligerent” and “evil” Russia repeatedly enforced its interests with military force,”Hermann wrote the so-called thesis paper about the war which was published on the German Press Agency.
Hermann, on the other hand noted that US intervention around the globe had “brought a lot of destruction instead of peace and democracy.”
According to the Green politician, Russia also has a long history of wars. “brutal, illegal wars with proven war crimes” since the fall of the Soviet Union – but that the US with backing from NATO members has launched its own aggressive military campaigns.
Hermann described both the collapse of the Soviet Union (and the Warsaw Pact) as a missed opportunity. “opportunities for peace.”This moment in history offered a chance to start anew. “security architecture with arms control and disarmament”Which he also said would be taken into consideration “the interests of the former Soviet states and Russia.”This opportunity was lost in favour of NATO’s further expansion to the east.
A German politician stated that Russia should be part of the solution to Ukraine’s conflict, regardless if war crimes were committed. “That is the bitter, inescapable truth,”He stated.
Local Free Democratic Party parliamentary leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke responded to these statements by calling Hermann a “Putin sympathizer.” He also demanded Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (also of the Greens) step in and correct these statements, which he says damages the state’s reputation.
Hermann is part of a growing number of German politicians who call for an even more balanced approach to Moscow’s relations despite all the scandal.
Hermann is not alone in calling for an equal approach to Moscow relations. According to Michael Kretschmer, the Prime Minister of Saxony, last week, Russia is a conflict that needs a diplomatic solution.
“I think the idea of isolating Russia permanently or never again cooperating economically is absurd and dangerous… A Russia that is oriented towards China and has no ties to Europe is much more dangerous for us,”Kretschmer said so to the news outlet.
Germany is currently feeling the effects of disruptions in Russian gas flows. About half the German household rely on Russian energy supplies for heat and electricity. A third of German industry’s energy comes from natural gas. Supplies from Russia have been slashed to a fraction of their normal total in recent weeks due to technical issues – though European officials have accused Russia of weaponizing their supply.
Germany reported its first trade deficit in 30 years this May – of about 1 billion euros – raising concerns about a possible recession and calling into question the success of Berlin’s growth model in the face of rising energy prices.