Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has marked a “major crisis point,” ex-German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday evening in her first public speech in around six months. The former chancellor has condemned what she described as Moscow’s “barbaric war of aggression” and voiced her support for Kiev.
“I stand in solidarity with Ukraine, [which has been] attacked and invaded by Russia,” Merkel said, adding that she supports the Ukrainians’ “right to self-defense.” She also said she supported “all the efforts” taken by the current German government, led by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, as well as those by the EU, the US, NATO, and the UN to “stop” this conflict.
The former chancellor warned that no one could really predict the consequences this conflict would have for the world. She also called for “unity” within the EU and said that “we should never take peace and freedom for granted.”
Merkel made her statements during a speech in front of some 200 guests attending a farewell party of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) head, Reiner Hoffmann, who was leaving his post.