Invoking the slide of the Berlin Wall, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday urged German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to tear down what he identified as a wall among “totally free and unfree” Europe and halt the war in Ukraine.
Talking to the Bundestag by videolink, Zelenskyy appealed to Scholz to restore flexibility to Ukraine, tapping Germany’s collective memory with reference to the historic 1948-1949 Berlin Airlift and the slide of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Zelenskyy explained a new wall “in the center of Europe among flexibility and unfreedom”, which he claimed Germany experienced served develop, isolating Ukraine with its organization ties to Russia and its prior help for the Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline.
“And this wall is finding greater with each bomb that falls on Ukraine, with each selection that is not taken,” he included.
Germany past thirty day period halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea fuel pipeline undertaking, made to double the stream of Russian fuel right to Germany.
Recalling previous US president Ronald Reagan’s charm to Mikhail Gorbachev, the past Soviet chief, to tear down the Berlin Wall, Zelenskyy instructed German lawmakers: “Which is what I say to you expensive Chancellor Scholz: damage this wall.”
“Give Germany the management position that it has gained so that your descendants are very pleased of you. Assistance flexibility, help Ukraine, halt this war, assist us to halt this war,” he included.
Lawmakers in the Bundestag welcomed Zelenskyy with a standing ovation and the chamber’s vice president, Katrin Goering-Eckardt, instructed him: “Your place has decided on democracy, and that is what (Russian President) Vladimir Putin fears.”
She claimed Putin was hoping to deny Ukraine’s suitable to exist, incorporating: “But he has previously unsuccessful with that.”