Zelensky summons Germany to tear down Russia wall

BERLIN — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Germany to help tear down a new "wall" Russia is building in Europe in a moving video address to parliament on Thursday.

BERLIN — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Germany to help tear down a new “wall” Russia is building in Europe in a moving video address to parliament on Thursday.

“It’s not a Berlin Wall – it’s a wall in central Europe between freedom and slavery, and that wall gets bigger with every bomb dropped on Ukraine,” Zelenskyi told MPs.

Zelensky, who appeared on a screen in his now iconic khaki T-shirt with dark circles under his eyes, was greeted with a standing ovation by MPs in the lower house of the Bundestag.

In a speech filled with historic images of Germany’s triumph over its Cold War divide, Zelenskyy addressed Chancellor Olaf Scholz directly and called for more solidarity with Ukraine.

“Dear Mr. Scholz, tear down this wall,” he pleaded, recalling US President Ronald Reagan’s call to Berlin in 1987.

“Give Germany the leadership role it deserves in Germany.”

However, he combined his flattery with a scathing rebuke of Berlin’s years of reluctance to challenge Moscow and sever its strong energy and trade ties with Russia.

“We contacted you,” he said. “We told you that Nord Stream [gas pipelines] was a kind of war preparation.”

“And the answer we got was purely economic – it’s economy, economy, economy, but that was the mortar for the new wall.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 prompted a re-examination of the cornerstones of Germany’s energy, economic and security policies, some of which date back to the end of World War II.

He froze the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, joined his allies in imposing punitive sanctions on Ukraine and pledged to massively increase defense spending while lifting an arms export ban to conflict areas to help Ukraine.

Germany has also said it will be almost free of Russian oil imports by the end of this year, although it is still heavily dependent on Russian gas.

However, Berlin has resisted a total halt to Russian energy imports, warning it would create winter shortages and fuel inflation, leading to potential instability in Europe’s biggest economy.

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