German Chancellor Olaf Scholz defended today the need to send weapons to Ukraine in a May 1 speech, where he began to be loudly booed by a group of protesters.
The social-democratic chancellor criticized today those who “look at the history books, look at where the borders were and try to move borders by force”.
“This is imperialism and we don’t want that in Europe,” he said at an event organized by the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) in Düsseldorf.
Scholz said Germany would continue to support Ukraine “with money and humanitarian aid, but also, so that it can defend itself, with shipments of weapons, as many other countries do, because it is necessary at this time.”
The official’s statements were greeted by a group of protesters who chanted “Peace without weapons”, but before that the chancellor had been loudly booed and whistled by those who were at the Labor Day celebrations, reports the EFE news agency.
Scholz took advantage of today’s event to present “solidarity” with Ukraine and show a continuation of the social policies on which his election campaign focused.
The chancellor promised that the increase in defense and security expenditures will not lead the coalition government of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals to abandon its initiatives “for a more just and solidary society”.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that has killed thousands of civilians and caused the flight of more than 12 million people, of which more than 5.4 million have fled the country, according to UN data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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