Germany denies Johnson claims he wanted Ukraine to lose quickly to Russia

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Germany has slammed Boris Johnson’s comments on his attitude to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Johnson said on Monday that Germany initially wanted Ukraine to “fall back” to get it over with quickly. A German spokesperson said the remarks were “absolutely absurd” and called Johnson “very entertaining”. Something is loading.

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Germany has hit back at a claim by former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the country wanted Ukraine to “fall back” as soon as Russia invaded.

In an interview with CNN Portugal on Monday, Johnson described what he said was the attitude of several countries, including France and Germany, before the invasion.

He said: “I’m going to tell you a terrible thing. The German vision at one point was that if this were to happen, which would be a disaster, then it was better for everything to end quickly, and for Ukraine will bend .”

He said there were “all sorts of good economic reasons” for taking this view.

On Wednesday, Steffen Hebestreit, spokesman for the German government, called it “total nonsense” at a press conference.

“We know that the very entertaining former Prime Minister still has his own relationship with the truth, also in this case here,” he said, according to The Guardian’s translation. Johnson was ousted from office earlier this year after multiple scandals, including accusations he misled parliament.

Hebestreit pointed to Germany’s military support for Ukraine as proof that it did not want it to lose.

However, Germany has been significantly slower than other Western countries to help, which has drawn criticism internally and from the Ukrainian government.

Before the invasion began, Germany refused to join efforts by nations like the United States and the United Kingdom to send arms to Ukraine, and was pilloried by the Ukrainians for offering instead a shipment of 5,000 helmets.

In the first weeks of the invasion, Andrij Melnyk, then Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, tweeted in frustration that his country’s pleas for German military aid had been met with “just mockery”.

As of November 15, the German government said it had provided Ukraine with $1.7 billion in military aid, compared with some $2.8 billion from the United Kingdom and nearly $20 billion from the United States. which are by far Ukraine’s greatest military support.

At a press conference on Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned President Vladimir Putin’s indiscriminate attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, Deutsche Welle reported. Russia “can no longer win on the battlefield, it seems clear,” he said, according to the outlet.

In the CNN Portugal interview, Johnson also spoke about France, saying, “Don’t doubt that the French have been in denial until the last moment.”

That assessment appeared to be borne out by the March ousting of then-French intelligence chief Eric Vidaud for failing to anticipate the Russian invasion, as the BBC reported at the time.

Despite being politically beleaguered domestically throughout the Ukraine conflict, Johnson developed close ties with President Volodymyr Zelensky before stepping down and being widely celebrated in Ukraine.

In the end, Johnson told CNN, the EU succeeded “brilliantly” despite its initial “anxiety” about member states’ reactions to Putin’s aggression.

“What happened was that everyone – Germans, French, Italians, everyone, Joe Biden – saw that there was just no other choice,” he said. he told the media. “Because you couldn’t negotiate with this guy. That’s the key point.”

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