Europe: The Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, called Russia’s full-scale military operation against war-torn Ukraine an act of “imperialism plain and simple” at the UN General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday.
Scholz severely criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, decrying Putin’s reason behind the war.
He mentioned in the statement, “There is no justification whatsoever for Russia’s invasion of occupation against war-torn Ukraine. President of Russia Putin is waging this war with one single objective: to seize Ukraine.”
Moreover, he went on to appeal to the United Nations states not to remain neutral in the situation, highlighting Russia’s nuclear weapons.
During his speech, Scholz stated, “We must not stand idly by when a major nuclear power, armed to the teeth — a founding member of the United Nations and a permanent member of the UN Security Council no less — seeks to shift borders through the use of violence.”
The German chancellor also repeatedly outlined the importance of upholding a world order based on rules.
Scholz warned, “The alternative to a rules-based world is the dominion of the strong over the weak.”
He further added to the statement, “The return of imperialism is not only a disaster for Europe but also a disaster for our global peace order,”
Along with this, he highlighted that Putin is not only destroying Ukraine but also his own nation with this full-scale military operation.
Furthermore, he asserted, “This is why we will not accept a peace dictated by Russia. This is why we will not accept any pretentious referendum. And this is why Ukraine must be able to defend itself against Russia’s invasion.”