Former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, currently Vice-President of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, accused Germany of waging a “hybrid war” against Russia, justifying the suspension of Russian gas supplies to Germany by its “hostile” behavior towards Moscow in full conflict with Ukraine. On the other hand, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal that Germany “will not give up its support for Ukraine”.
“German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says that “Russia is no longer a reliable energy supplier”. First of all, Germany is an enemy country, secondly, it imposed sanctions against the entire Russian economy (…) and it supplies lethal weapons to Ukraine”, Medvedev said.
“In other words, she declared a hybrid war against Russia. Germany behaves like an ENEMY of RUSSIA”, added the former Russian president. “And this uncle (Chancellor Scholz – n. ed.) is surprised that the Germans have small troubles with gas”, added Medvedev, suggesting his apparent bewilderment.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmigal, with whom he met in Berlin, that Germany “will not give up its support for Ukraine” on a military, political, financial and humanitarian level, while in the city of Koln about two thousand of members of the Russian diaspora demonstrated asking Germany to stop supporting Ukraine in the war with Russia and to give up sanctions against Moscow.
Scholz also signaled that, despite the ongoing war, it is important “to plan the reconstruction from now on” and “to be prepared for this long-term task”, according to a statement issued by the German executive after the meeting of the two heads of government.
In this regard, the German chancellor reminded that his country will organize, as acting president of the G7, together with the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, an expert-level conference on October 25 in Berlin, “to debate the orientation and architecture necessary for the reconstruction” of Ukraine after the Russian military aggression will have ceased.
As for the EU candidate country status received by Ukraine, Scholz reaffirmed that this country must implement reforms regarding the rule of law and the judicial system, important reforms to be able to attract investments for the country’s reconstruction.
For his part, the Ukrainian Prime Minister thanked Germany for the help consisting of money and weapons, but asked it to assume increased “leadership” at the EU level to boost the reconstruction of Ukraine, which hopes to receive this week from the European Union a financial aid of five billion euros, intended to support the economy and the Ukrainian army.
The Russian company Gazprom has announced the complete suspension of gas deliveries through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, officially citing an oil leak at a turbine. Earlier in the day, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had stated that the time had come for the EU to impose tariff ceilings for Russian natural gas as well, after the G7 countries had agreed to impose such ceilings for oil imported from Russia, considering that in this way it could reduce the income with which Moscow finances its army in the war against Ukraine.
EU states, which support Ukraine in the face of the Russian military offensive, accuse Moscow of energy blackmail, while winter approaches and many member states fear gas shortages and rising bills.
Although it is heavily dependent on Russian energy sources, Germany “will be able to cope with this winter”, assured Olaf.