German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Putin had failed in all of his strategic goals and would not dictate the terms of peace.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not win the war in Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said, while stressing that the NATO military alliance will not become an active party to the conflict.
Addressing a global business community attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, the German leader also said that Putin had already failed in all of his strategic goals.
The Russian leader “underestimated” the “determination and strength” of the allies to counter his aggression in Ukraine, Scholz said. “Our goal is clear: Putin must not win this war. And I’m sure he won’t win it.
Russia’s plan to capture all of Ukraine is “further away today than it was at the start” of its invasion, as Ukraine continues to build an impressive defence, it said. he declares.
Scholz’s comments came as the war in Ukraine entered its fourth month and Russian troops were again trying to seize territory in eastern Ukraine.
After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital Kyiv or its second city Kharkiv, Russian forces are trying to take full control of the eastern region of Donbass and have also advanced south despite Ukrainian resistance and harsh Western sanctions. against Moscow.
Ukrainian officials said Russian forces attempted on Thursday to storm the beleaguered industrial hub of Severodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk, the focal point of Moscow’s new offensive in the Donbas region.
‘Putin won’t dictate peace terms’
Scholz, who has spoken with Putin on the phone several times since the invasion of Moscow, said: ‘Putin will only seriously negotiate peace when he realizes that he cannot break through Ukraine’s defences. .
Western allies, who have armed Ukraine and imposed heavy sanctions on Russia, will continue to support kyiv, he promised.
“It’s about making Putin understand that there will be no dictated peace,” Scholz said. “Ukraine will not accept this and neither will we.”
Scholz stressed once again that nothing will be done “to make NATO a party to the conflict because that would mean a direct confrontation between the nuclear powers”.
He was, however, encouraged by the fact that Finland and Sweden are moving closer to the military alliance as the two nations agreed last week to apply for membership.
The Chancellor added that Putin had underestimated the unity and force with which the major industrialized countries of the G7, NATO and the European Union had responded to his aggression.
Scholz, however, did not respond directly to criticism from Ukraine that Germany was not moving fast enough to supply kyiv with heavy weapons.
He only said that Germany’s support for kyiv will continue to be coordinated with the allies.
Ukraine has urged Berlin to speed up deliveries of heavy armaments, including Leopard tanks and Marder armored vehicles.
In a separate session in Davos on Wednesday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expressed frustration with the process: “I don’t understand why it’s so complicated, but I respect the situation in the German government. and we can’t wait to see how this story ends.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also noted at the Swiss ski resort’s economic forum that “everything works so slowly” in terms of weaponry decisions.