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“At the end of my term I no longer had the power to impose on Putin,” admits Angela Merkel

The organization of talks with Vladimir Putin, a year before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was planned by the former chancellor Angela Merkel together with the French president Emmanuel Macron, “but I no longer had the power to impose it”, she admitted.

“During my farewell visit to Moscow in August 2021, I had the feeling that, as far as power politics is concerned, I was finished – for Putin, only power counts,” Merkel said in an interview in Der Spiegel magazine. “I no longer had the power to force talks. Everyone knew: autumn is leaving”, says the former chancellor and admits that “it was time for a new approach”, due to the lack of progress not only on the issue of Ukraine, but also regarding the conflicts in Transnistria, Moldova, Georgia, Abkhazia, Syria and Libya.

Mrs Merkel, responding to the criticism leveled at her, stresses that after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, “we tried everything to prevent further Russian attacks and coordinated our sanctions in detail”. Today, he adds, “we are faced with a world that is once again full of complications. History doesn’t repeat itself, but I fear patterns do. The horror disappears along with the eyewitnesses. But the spirit of reconciliation is also disappearing.” He even warns against cultivating excessive expectations in foreign policy: “We must be careful not to set our bar so high that in the end there is no one left who can still meet our standards.”

Source: AMPE

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