German Defense Minister distances himself from the statements of his party leader regarding freezing the war in Ukraine


German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius distanced himself from the statements of the leader of the Social Democratic Party bloc, Rolf Mutzenich, in which he called for freezing the war in Ukraine.

It’s noteworthy that Pistorius and the German Chancellor belong to the Socialist Party.

Following a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Wladyslaw Kosniak-Kamis, Pistorius said in Warsaw on Monday that these statements “will ultimately only benefit (Russian President Vladimir Putin”.

Pistorius believed that this position could be adopted to call for peace, “but there should not be an imposed peace, nor a peace that leads to that, or a ceasefire or freeze that allows Putin in the end to emerge strengthened and continue the conflict whenever he wants”.

It should be noted that during the discussion of the issue of supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine in the German Parliament last Thursday, Mutzenich asked, “Isn’t it time for us to talk not only about how to fight a war, but also to think about how a war can be frozen and ended later?”

These statements were also met with criticism from the ranks of the two partner parties in the ruling coalition, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party.

On the other hand, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder today expressed his support for Mutzenich.

Schroeder, 79, said, “It seems to me that the head of the parliamentary bloc of the Socialist Party, Mr. Rolf Mutzenich, is on the right track… His position should be supported by both the party and the bloc”.

It should be noted that Schroeder has had a friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin since his tenure as Chancellor (1998-2005), and he still continues to work for the Russian companies that own the majority of the two Nord Stream pipelines across the Baltic Sea.

Although he described the Russian-Ukrainian war as a mistake, he still clings to his friendship with Putin, which exposed him to marginalization by the leadership of the Socialist Party.

There were measures to expel him from the party, but they failed.

In turn, Polish Defense Minister Kociniak-Kamis criticized Mutzenich’s proposal, and said during the joint press conference with Pistorius, according to the translation, “This is an idea that should not be taken into consideration,” indicating that it is considered “dangerous”.

At the same time, the Polish minister expressed his refusal to send ground forces to Ukraine, and said, “Poland has no intention of sending troops to Ukraine”.

He added that this is the position of the Polish government, “and I’ll repeat this in all forums”.

Three weeks ago, French President Emmanuel Macron demanded that sending Western ground forces to Ukraine be an option on the table, which Scholz rejected.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk made statements similar to those of the Polish Defense Minister, but Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski expressed his support for Macron’s proposal.

Pistorius and Kociniak-Kamis announced their intention to hold a meeting with their French counterpart, Sebastien Lecornu, as soon as possible.

The meetings between the three countries are traditional meetings, but until now they have been held at the level of the leaders of the three countries and their foreign ministers, and the format of these meetings bears the name Weimar Triangle in reference to the location where these meetings began in 1991.

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