On November 29th, German Defense Minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s protégé Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that the threat from Russia has become more obvious.
“The fact is that the Russian side has made significant investments in the modernization of its armed forces, that it has new types of weapons, that the threat has become more pronounced,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said, speaking in the Bundestag.
In her opinion, because of this, NATO should strengthen its defense capabilities.
“We must strengthen our position by calling for negotiations with Russia on issues such as disarmament from a position of strength. This has always been a good position of German foreign policy, and so it should remain in the future,” she claimed.
In response, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu compared the German Defense Minister, who called for talking with the Russian Federation “from a position of strength”, with a spoiled schoolgirl.
During a conversation with reporters, he recalled that after such a statement by the predecessor of Kramp-Karrenbauer as Minister of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, he advised her “to ask her grandfather what it is like to talk to us from a position of strength.”
Regarding the statement by Kramp-Karrenbauer, Shoigu said:
“The situation resembles the performance of a primary school student with these attacks, by the way, towards students of a completely different school. Moreover, a student whose mom or dad is a school director who can afford everything, she can go to the podium and begin to say that this should be discussed.
So we are in a different school, we have a different director. Therefore, it is necessary to study and show that you are not so white and fluffy … You still have a hundred years, if not more, to praise what your ancestors did.”
Kramp-Karrenbauer’s statement was also commented on by the official representative of the Russian Foreign – Ministry Maria Zakharova.
She stressed that Berlin has “not its own strength.”
The diplomat recalled that the largest American foreign contingent after Japan is located in Germany, which “speaks of the appropriate nature of the American presence in the FRG.”
“When the power is there, but it’s not yours, you cannot control it, but they don’t let you dispose of it, and at the same time you’re afraid of losing it – this is a sign of dependence. Simply put, the position is seam. means “weakness, failure, incompetence,” she concluded.
Statements about the “Russian threat” are periodically made by Western politicians, most often from the Baltic countries and Poland. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that Russia will never attack any of the NATO countries.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO is well aware that Moscow has no plans to attack anyone, but is simply using the excuse to deploy more equipment and battalions near the Russian borders. Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern about the buildup of the alliance’s forces in Europe.
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