Scholz says Putin never threatened him


(MENAFN) The chancellor of Germany asserted on Sunday that he or his nation had never been threatened by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Olaf Scholz said in an interview with the tabloid Bild that they made the decision to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine with partners so that Ukraine could defend itself.

When asked if he felt frightened by Putin, as the former British prime minister Boris Johnson said, the chancellor responded that neither he nor Germany had ever been threatened by Putin.

"In our phone calls, our very different perspectives on the war in Ukraine become very clear. I make it clear to Putin that Russia is solely responsible for the war," said Scholz.

In a BBC documentary issued on Jan. 30, Johnson said that Putin warned him with a missile strike during an "extraordinary" phone call before the conflict in Ukraine.

Putin on Friday contrasted the intervention of nations like Germany in the conflict by sending arms to Ukraine with Russia's struggle during World War II.

In response, Scholz added that “his words are part of a series of absurd historical comparisons that he uses to justify his attack on Ukraine, but nothing justifies this war.”

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