German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Sunday. Before the meeting, the head of the German government emphasized the good relations between the two countries. He also referred to the situation in Ukraine and the policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
For centuries, relations between the two countries were “marked by war and destruction, by deep distrust,” said the German chancellor Olaf Scholz in a video published on Saturday, recorded before the head of the German government traveled to Paris to meet President Emmanuel Macron.
Visit to France takes place on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty. The Chancellor said the Elysée Treaty sealed the friendship of the once hostile countries 18 years after the end of World War II. – At that time, France stretched to the Germans reconciliation, stressed Scholz.
Olaf Scholz on the politics of Vladimir Putin
“Both countries still face a common challenge,” continued the German politician, referring to the situation in Ukraine. – Imperialism of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin won’t win, he said. – We will not allow Europe to return to a time when violence replaces politics. We will continue to support Ukraine. Together. To defend our European peace project, declared Scholz, expressing gratitude to Macron for working together.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Octoberbut was postponed “due to divisions over energy and defense policy.”
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