The president of russia, Vladimir Putinfear that the “spark of democracy” spread to his country, as declared by the chancellor of germany, Olaf Scholz. In addition, he added that the Russian president tries to divide Europe and return to a world dominated by spheres of influence.
Scholz thus responded to a question in an interview with the daily Münchner Merkur, published on the government website on Monday, about whether Putin would accept Ukraine moving closer to the European Union. “The Russian president must accept that there is a community of law-based democracies in his neighborhood that is drawing ever closer,” he said.
“It is clear that he fears that the spark of democracy will spread to his country,” Scholz added. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Maria Zakharov, rejected the comments, writing on social media: “German sparks have been showered on us a couple of times. We will not allow any more fires.”
The European Comission recommended last week that Ukraine, which is fighting a Russian invasion in the eastern part of its territory, be granted candidate status for European Union membership, a move Scholz said he also supported, Reuters reported.
The German chancellor warned that rising energy prices are likely to last for a long time, and rejected Russia’s claim that it has cut off gas flows because necessary parts are missing due to sanctions. “This explanation is not plausible,” he said.