German Chancellor Denounces Victory Day Event in Moscow
May 10, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Adding to Ukrainian, Polish and Baltic leaders’ anti-Russian propaganda which wants the world to forget World War II and the toll the people of the Soviet Union paid fighting in that war, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has claimed this year’s traditional Victory Day parade in Moscow was used by Russian President Vladimir Putin to flex his military muscle and promote the war in Ukraine. In an address in Strasbourg, France to the European Parliament marking Europe Day on May 9, Scholz proclaimed that “2,200 km to the northeast of Strasbourg, Putin is parading his soldiers, tanks and missiles.”
The European Union, however, should not be intimidated by the Russian leader’s “posturing,” the German Chancellor stated. He called on member states to “remain steadfast in our support for Ukraine—for as long as necessary.”
Scholz also spoke in favor of closer cooperation among EU member states on defense and arms production, and he stressed the importance of Europe’s alliance with the U.S., as well as the EU’s Eastward expansion, with the potential accession of the Western Balkan states, of Ukraine, of Moldova and of Georgia.