Scholz promises Ukraine more air defense systems: Russia destroys the energy system, wants people not to withstand the cold

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday that Germany’s priority in aid to Ukraine should be aimed at supporting defense against Russian air raids on its cities and rebuilding infrastructure, Reuters reports.

In an interview with the RND editorial network, the German Chancellor said that Europe should prepare to receive more refugees from Ukraine.

“Russia is bombing Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Russia wants to make sure the Ukrainian people can’t survive the winter cold.” “Right now we are talking with many German companies about what they can do to counter this destruction,” said Olaf Scholz.

The air defense systems Germany has sent to Ukraine have so far played a key role in reducing the extent of the destruction, but Germany will work with partners to send more such systems, said he added.

Earlier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed in a phone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Germany would continue to send air defense systems to Ukraine.

The German Chancellor also said he was confident that, whatever diplomatic efforts Western leaders made to avert this war in the run-up to the February invasion, President Vladimir Putin had long been determined to act on this trajectory, according to Reuters, quoted by Agerpres.

“I am convinced that Putin decided on this war two years ago,” he said. “I saw how they consolidated the troops…I hoped it was just threatening gestures, but it wasn’t like that: it was a long-planned war.”

Editor: Liviu Cojan

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