According to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Russian President Vladimir Putin underestimated the unity of the West in supporting Ukraine. "He misjudged the unity of Europe, the United States and all friends of Ukraine, as well as the constant supply of weapons that we are making available to Ukraine," Scholz said in English in an interview with US broadcaster CNN, which is now broadcast became.
"We are now the strongest supporter of Ukraine"
This is how the Ukrainians were able to defend their country. "And they will continue to be able to do this in the future," Scholz said, reiterating that there would be more arms deliveries. "We are now Ukraine's strongest supporter in continental Europe and we will continue to be," said Scholz. "And that's also because of the weapons that we're coordinating with the United States and other friends." Last year Germany spent 14 billion euros in one way or another to support Ukraine.
"There is no economic crisis in Germany"
Scholz emphasized that Germany had made itself independent of the supply of gas, coal and oil from Russia. "A year ago, nobody really expected that we would easily survive economically in a situation in which there were no more gas supplies from Russia to Germany and many parts of Europe," said Scholz.
But Germany has increased imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from western parts of Europe, built new terminals in northern Germany and extended the lifespan of nuclear power plants. "And so we did it - and nothing of what some people expected happened. There is no economic crisis in Germany, there is no gas shortage or anything like that."
Regarding possible support for China with arms deliveries to Russia and new sanctions as a result, Scholz said: "We asked them not to deliver arms to Russia (...), and I am relatively optimistic that in this case we will be successful with our request will be."