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Thursday, 18 August 2022
Olaf Scholz: Russia threatening Europe and NATO again
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz speaks during a news conference at the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Chantilly, near Paris, France

The Anadolu Agency reported that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday (June 30) slammed Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, saying it poses a threat to Europe and NATO. 

Scholz said at a press conference at the end of the NATO summit in Madrid: “With its aggressive policy, Russia is again a threat to Europe, to the (NATO) alliance.”

However, he stressed that NATO is prepared for the challenges after its latest summit.

He said the alliance has drawn the right conclusions amid the changing global situation and is strengthening its defense capabilities, especially with regards to the security of members along the eastern flank.

He said: “We will face the challenges with unity and determination.”

German soldiers stand guard at German NATO base Camp Marmal in Afghanistan. (File photo: AP)

The German chancellor dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allegation that NATO is pursuing a policy of imperialism. He said: “To be honest, that’s pretty ridiculous.”

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NATO is a defensive alliance that does not attack other countries and does not pose a threat to anyone in the neighborhood, according to Scholz.

Scholz asserted: “In fact, it is Putin who has made imperialism the goal and the object of his policies.”

Source: aa