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Ex-Chancellor travels to Italy instead of Bucha

The Ukrainian President had called on Angela Merkel to visit the destroyed Bucha. But the former Chancellor does not comply with his request – and travels somewhere else.

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Former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is not planning any further public statements on her Russia policy, despite repeated requests. Merkel’s previous written statements in this context “are still valid. That’s why a public statement by the former Chancellor that goes beyond this is currently not planned,” a spokeswoman for Merkel told the German Press Agency in Berlin on Wednesday.

At the same time, the spokeswoman said that Merkel’s return from a private stay in Italy was planned for this Monday. There was no further information. The newspaper “La Nazione” had published photos which showed the 67-year-old CDU politician in Florence, Tuscany. You can also see her confidante and party friend Annette Schavan, the former ambassador to the Holy See and ex-Minister of Education. According to “La Nazione”, Merkel had visited the Galleria dell’Accademia, where Michelangelo’s famous sculpture “David” stands.

The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, sharply criticized Merkel’s visit to Italy: “Sure, there are no murdered women and children on the streets in Florence. But there is so much culture and art. Wonderful,” wrote Melnyk on Twitter and referred to that Massacre in the small town of Bucha.

Merkel condemns Russia’s attack

In a written statement on February 25, Merkel strongly condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine and backed the efforts of her SPD successor, Olaf Scholz, to stop President Vladimir Putin. “This war of aggression by Russia marks a far-reaching turning point in the history of Europe after the end of the Cold War,” Merkel said at the time when asked by dpa. “There is no justification whatsoever for this blatant breach of international law, I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” She emphasized: “My thoughts and my solidarity are with the Ukrainian people and the government led by President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy in these terrible hours and days”.

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Last Monday, Merkel backed the decision not to admit Ukraine to NATO in 2008, despite massive criticism from Zelenskyy. In this context, Merkel’s spokeswoman said on Monday: “In view of the atrocities that are becoming visible in Bucha and other places in Ukraine, all efforts by the federal government and the international community to stand by Ukraine and to support Russia’s barbarism and war against Ukraine are coming together to prepare the end, the full support of the former Chancellor”

Selenskyj had previously asked Merkel to travel to Bucha, where hundreds of bodies had been found in the past few days after Russian troops withdrew. In the Kiev suburb, Merkel – like France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy – can get an idea of ​​her failed Russia policy. At the 2008 summit, the NATO states promised Ukraine membership, but then backed down out of consideration for Russia. Merkel and Sarkozy blocked demands from other NATO partners for rapid accession.

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