According to the head of the Security Conference, Christoph Heusgen, Russia must carry out a "deputinization" before German-Russian relations can be revived. The term is based on the de- or denazification by the Allies after Germany's defeat in World War II and the collapse of the Nazi regime.
"I use the term deputinization because this country is totally aligned with Putin," the former UN ambassador told the editorial network Germany (RND) before the security conference he chaired in Munich, which begins today. Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin is the ruler who makes all decisions.
Heusgen: A fresh start only with a new government
Heusgen chose a corresponding formulation in his recently published book "Leadership and Responsibility". A new start in relations could only be "with another government in Moscow that acts on the basis of international law and is willing to carry out something like "denazification" in Germany at home".
The Russian President is systematically disinformation about his war of aggression against Ukraine. "People should believe his story that there is an attack from the West and that the Nazis are invading Russia again," former foreign and security policy advisor to former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) told RND. Basically, Germans and Russians have maintained good relations over the centuries. "You can build on that."
Security Conference: Kuleba expected
The world's most important security policy meeting of politicians and experts will take place from February 17th to 19th at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. It is the first security conference since Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine began.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, among others, is expected in Munich from the Ukraine. A total of more than 40 heads of state and government and 90 ministers will be there, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), US Vice President Kamala Harris, French President Emmanuel Macron and Polish President Andrzej Duda.