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Wagenknecht Denounces Zelenskyy's Visit to Berlin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is visiting Berlin for the “Ukraine Reconstruction Conference,” which he opened on Tuesday morning, June 11. His invited speech to the Bundestag was denounced by the Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht (BSW), which announced that it would leave the plenary during his speech.

The BSW statement charges that Zelenskyy’s policy “is now, in the opinion of many international observers, aimed at an open escalation of the war and the immediate entry of NATO into the war.” The May attacks on Russia’s early-warning system of strategic nuclear forces is “the pinnacle of this highly dangerous strategy to date.” Further: “We consider this irresponsible.”

The Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht considers the fact that Zelenskyy is allowed to speak at the Bundestag is a “symbol of uncritical approval of his policy.” Instead, the BSW would prefer to see a “critical dialogue,” which is not possible in the chosen form. The statement therefore insists: “We as BSW cannot support this.” According to the BSW, the German government should “exert its influence on Zelenskyy for him to declare himself ready for peace talks.” Wars are “not ended with weapons, wars are ended through peace negotiations.”

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