Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday urged Germany to tear down the new “wall” erected in Europe against freedom since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, drawing a parallel with the old Berlin Wall.
“Dear Chancellor (Olaf) Scholz, destroy this Wall, give Germany the leadership role it deserves,” said the Ukrainian leader, who was addressing the lower house of the German parliament by videoconference.
He thus drew a parallel with a historic speech by American President Ronald Reagan, who had launched in 1987 from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to the leader of the Soviet era Mikhail Gorbachev: “Tear down this wall” ). Two years later the Berlin Wall fell.
Like the day before before the American Congress, the Ukrainian president received a standing ovation from the Bundestag, before his ten-minute speech.
Mr. Zelensky deplored, since the Russian invasion, the erection of a new “Wall” in Europe. “It is not a Berlin Wall but a Wall in Central Europe between freedom and servitude and this Wall grows bigger with each bomb” launched on a Ukrainian city, underlined the Ukrainian president.
“Every year, politicians repeat + never again +. And now we see that those words are just not worth anything. A people is being destroyed in Europe”, warned Mr. Zelensky, according to which 108 children have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the offensive. “Help us stop this war.”
The Ukrainian president regretted in his speech the close economic relations forged in recent years between Berlin and Moscow, in particular in the energy field.
Criticisms against Nord Stream II
“Dear German people, how is it possible that when we told you that Nord Stream 2 (a gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany) is a kind of preparation for war, we heard like answer “it’s purely economic it’s the economy, the economy”?» he launched.
These projects led by Germany and Russia, “it was the cement for the new Wall”, castigated Mr. Zelensky.
“For some, it’s politics, but they are also stones, they are stones for the new Wall,” he said.
Ukraine has been opposed from the start to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany, which was finally suspended when Vladimir Putin recognized the autonomy of the pro-Russian Ukrainian provinces.
The Ukrainian regime has also been urging Germany for many weeks to deliver weapons, which Berlin finally conceded after the Russian invasion launched just three weeks ago.
But the government of Olaf Scholz continues to oppose a boycott of the import of Russian gas and oil, which Kyiv would like.