“It was not the Russian people who made the lethal decision to invade Ukraine. This war is Putin’s war,” Scholz said at a political event on Thursday night.
Podolak argued that such a distinction, which is widespread in Europe, was wrong. He told the Telegram that most Russians supported the war. This is evidenced by public opinion polls.
Podolak is responsible for the foreign policy statements of the Office of the President of Ukraine and for publishing the latest information on the Kiev-Moscow talks.
Zelensky addressed Sholz in person on Thursday, calling on Berlin to give more support to Ukraine, which is currently repelling a full-scale Russian invasion.
“Give Germany the leadership it deserves,” Zelensky called in a video to the Bundestag.
Scholz later thanked Zelensk for his “impressive words,” but reiterated NATO’s position that the Alliance would not interfere in the war.
The Scholz government has been criticized by opposition parties for blocking the proposal to hold a parliamentary debate on Ukraine after Zelensky’s speech.
Instead, the Bundestag returned to its usual agenda, with the next item after Zelensky’s passionate speech being the birthday greetings of two Members.
The German government, which rejected the Conservative colleagues’ proposal for a debate, is made up of Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Free Democrats (FDP).
MEPs from the Greens and the FDP then deplored the turnaround in the Bundestag.