The former British PM said the German government wanted kyiv to ‘fall back’ on Moscow
Germany described a claim by former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Berlin wanted kyiv to quickly capitulate to Moscow as “total nonsense.”
German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit was responding on Wednesday to remarks Johnson made to CNN, in which he suggested that Berlin wanted the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to end quickly for economic reasons.
“It’s total nonsense what Boris Johnson said,” Hebestreit told reporters at a government press conference in Berlin. “We know that the very entertaining former Prime Minister still has his own relationship to the truth,” added the official, suggesting that “It’s no different in this case.”
Asked by reporters if he would call Johnson a liar, Heberstreit doubled down on his earlier statement, but did not directly answer the question. “[Johnson] always has a very personal approach to the truth,” replied the government spokesman. He added that he knew ” firsthand “, since he “took part in talks with the then British Prime Minister in Munich just days before the start of the war.”
Earlier Wednesday, Johnson told CNN Portugal that Germany believed “It would be better for everything to end quickly and for Ukraine to fall back” before Russia launched its military campaign in Ukraine. Berlin also supported its position with “all sorts of good economic reasons”, added the former British leader.
Heberstreit countered by saying such a claim was simply not supported by the facts. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government “broken with a decades-long national practice of not sending arms to crisis regions and war zones”, he said, adding that German military aid to kyiv was “Unprecedented both in quality and quantity.”
After the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine, Germany implemented all Western sanctions against Moscow and sent massive amounts of weapons to Kyiv, including small arms and artillery, as well as air defense systems. However, Scholz and his government were frequently criticized by both Kyiv and fellow German politicians for being supposedly reluctant to supply Ukraine with all of the weapon systems it demanded.
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