‘Nothing to apologize for’: Merkel defends liaison with Putin and veto Ukraine in NATO

  • Patrick Jackson
  • From BBC News

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Alexander Osang at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin, 07 June 2022

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Merkel gave an interview on Tuesday for the first time since leaving office last year.

In her first major interview since leaving office, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her performance in office in relation to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Merkel said she “has no reason to apologize” for her response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, when she backed sanctions against the Russians.

She also defended her opposition to Ukraine joining NATO. Merkel has been accused by some critics of leaving Germany vulnerable as she pursues trade relations with Russia.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline to transport Russian natural gas directly to Germany was built while she was chancellor and was only suspended by her successor, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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