Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine a murderous crime. At a luncheon with the diplomatic corps in Nuremberg on Tuesday, Steinmeier said the international community must oppose this imperial warmongering. “We have to defend ourselves. We owe that to the many courageous people in Ukraine who resist day after day,” he said in the Carthusian Church of the Germanic National Museum.
The Federal President invited the around 150 ambassadors and representatives of international organizations sent to Germany to an information and meeting trip to Franconia. The Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk was not presentwho is currently under massive pressure and is defending himself against accusations that the Holocaust has been played down.
The war in Ukraine brings terrible suffering to millions of people. “He is a murderous crime” for which Russia’s President Vladimir Putin alone is responsible, said Steinmeier. After the current price increases for energy and other goods, there could be real shortages next year. The wealthier states have a duty to help the poorer ones in good time.