From left, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariňš and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, March 1, 2023.
Berlin – Russia as an aggressor must take the first step towards peace, and to withdraw troops from Ukraine. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced this today after a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjánis Kariňš. He also promised that Germany will do everything to ensure that the Ukrainian army has weapons and ammunition for its defense. Kariňš told journalists that the unity of the West in supporting Ukraine continues and there is no indication that this could change.
“Russia is the country that attacked, so it must first take steps towards peace, and that is to withdraw its troops,” Scholz said. He reiterated that German support for Ukraine will last as long as necessary. Kariňš also had the same opinion.
“I am not afraid of support. There is nothing in the USA, Germany and the European Union to indicate that this should change,” answered Kariňš when asked if he was afraid of a possible change attitudes of the West. He still stands unitedly behind Ukraine.
Kariňš said that by supporting Ukraine, Western countries are also standing up for their values. “We must not allow the right of the stronger to prevail over the principles of the rule of law,” he said. He noted that the world is black and white in this case, as Russia is the clear aggressor. “We see only one aggressor in the West, that is Russia, which invaded Ukraine,” he added.