The German Chancellor laughed off a question about the security guarantees G7 members reportedly intend to extend to Ukraine once its military conflict with Russia is over. Olaf Scholz said he could develop them, but declined to do so.
The brief exchange took place on Tuesday during a press conference given by the German chancellor, after concluding a G7 summit he hosted. A journalist spoke about a future security arrangement for Kyiv and asked if the German leader could describe it in more detail.
“Yes,” said Scholz after a short burst of stifled laughter. A dramatic pause lingered as the press waited for him to continue. “That’s all,” he said, making it clear that he had no intention of sharing anything with the public.
The final declaration of the G7 summit expressed the willingness of major Western countries to offer “sustained security commitments to help Ukraine defend itself and ensure its free and democratic future”.
The document was released on Tuesday after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke with G7 leaders via video link. He reiterated kyiv’s calls to impose more sanctions against Russia. According to European government sources, Zelensky called for more air defense systems and said he wanted hostilities with Russia to end with his country’s victory before the end of the year.
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Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.
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