Merkel admitted the connection between her resignation and the events in Ukraine

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel did not rule out that she could become a mediator in the conflict, however, according to her, such a question is not now

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that her resignation was at the end of the past year could have influenced the events in Ukraine, where Russia launched a special military operation. She said this in an interview with the German edition of RDN.

“My departure may have been a contribution to this, as were the elections in France, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the stagnation in the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” Merkel said, commenting on the suggestion that Russian President Vladimir Putin was waiting for her resignation to launch a special operation in Ukraine.

The ex-chancellor also called her attempts to take measures to avoid escalation in Ukraine a failure.

“It was clear that I would not be in office for long, and therefore I must state that various attempts in the past year had no effect,” — Merkel said.

According to her, Russian President Vladimir Putin “wasn't ready” anymore. participate in the Normandy format (negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on resolving the situation in Donbass.— RBC).

Merkel supported the policy of the current German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and called support for Ukraine correct. The ex-chancellor also considered it true that the West does not take a direct part in the conflict.

She did not rule out that she could act as a mediator in the conflict, but said that this issue was not yet raised.

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Angela Merkel served as Chancellor of Germany for 16 years— from November 2005 to December 2021. After the aggravation of relations between Russia and Ukraine in 2014, she, along with the then French leader Francois Hollande, made attempts to resolve the conflict in the Donbass. The Normandy format was created with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, with the help of which the Minsk agreements were developed, later approved by the UN Security Council.

After Russia recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stated that Minsk agreements “no longer exist” because of the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to comply with them.

After the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, official Kyiv criticized Merkel because of her policy towards Moscow in previous years. Merkel herself, commenting on the events in Ukraine, called Russia's actions “a major turning point in the history of Europe after the end of the Cold War”.

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Angela Merkel

politician, former chancellor of Germany

July 17, 1954

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