Russia has twisted feedback by Germany’s overseas minister in regards to the warfare in Ukraine for propaganda functions, a German overseas ministry spokesperson stated on Friday (27 January), stressing Berlin’s place that NATO should not change into occasion to the battle.
German Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock riled Moscow with feedback at an occasion in Strasbourg on Tuesday, when, talking in English, she stated that “we’re combating a warfare in opposition to Russia, and never in opposition to one another”.
She spoke the day earlier than the German authorities introduced it was arming Ukraine with superior Leopard tanks, placing apart earlier reservations about whether or not such a transfer may immediate Moscow to escalate the warfare.
Russian Overseas Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, in a submit on her Telegram messaging channel cited by state TASS information company on Wednesday, seized on Baerbock’s feedback as proof the West was waging a “premeditated warfare in opposition to Russia”.
Whereas Baerbock has typically sounded extra hawkish than different members of the German cupboard about supporting Ukraine, Berlin has repeatedly burdened that it needs to keep away from the NATO alliance turning into a celebration to the battle. This concern was a part of the rationale for Germany’s delay in agreeing to ship the Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
“Russian propaganda frequently takes statements, sentences, stances, positions of the federal government, our companions and makes use of them to serve their functions,” stated the German overseas ministry spokesperson.
Kyiv and its Western allies say Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, launched on 24 February final yr, quantities to an unprovoked warfare of aggression geared toward seizing territory. Moscow says the West is utilizing Ukraine to weaken Russia’s personal safety.