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Russia must not win the war, Scholz tells Bundestag

Alex Berry
April 6, 2022

Scholz said those behind war crimes committed in Ukraine must "be held accountable." He also promised more arms for Kyiv and pledged German fossil fuel independence in a Q&A session in the Bundestag.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Bundestag
Olaf Scholz answered questions on Ukraine, energy policy and his handling of the coronavius WednesdayImage: Markus Schreiber/AP Photo/picture alliance

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz answered questions posed by lawmakers in the German Bundestag on Wednesday after an opening speech in which he spoke of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

Scholz said the "perpetrators and those who commissioned them have to be held accountable" and once again called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war.

"It has to remain our goal that Russia does not win this war," he told the Bundestag, saying that this was the reason behind sanctions against Russia, sending arms to Ukraine and taking in Ukrainian refugees.

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Scholz pledges arms shipments to Ukraine

Regarding weapons shipments to Ukraine, Scholz told lawmakers: "Everything that makes sense and can quickly take effect, will be delivered."

He repeated Germany's intention to reduce its dependency on Russian fossil fuels, pledging to fast-track terminals for liquefied natural gas in Germany. He also highlighted the need to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in general.

"Now more than ever, we will become independent from the use of fossil fuels," Scholz said.

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Questions from lawmakers

Questions revolved around Germany's response to the war in Ukraine, the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the rising costs of living.

All parties in the parliament may ask questions, including Scholz's own Social Democrats (SPD), his coalition partners from the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens, as well as the opposition parties of the center-right bloc led by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Left Party and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

"We have decided to deliver arms," Scholz said, comparing this government to previous ones that had refused to do so. His own government had also refused the delivery of weapons to Ukraine until after Russia invaded.

Answering a question about discrimination against Roma and Sinti refugees from Ukraine entering Germany, Scholz said that "the federal government will do everything to act against discrimination and treat everyone equally."

The chancellor defended the relief measures taken by the German government to support those in Germany suffering under the rising costs of living.

Following the session, the Bundestag discussed the atrocities witnessed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

The parliamentary question session has been an institutionalized ritual since 2019 and usually takes place three times a year — before Christmas, before Easter, and before the summer break. 

Wednesday's session is the second time Scholz has taken part in the event as chancellor. He kicked off the session with a statement, after which lawmakers are able to ask him questions on various topics.

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