French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed Ukraine their “full assist” on Monday as they visited Berlin’s symbolically vital Brandenburg Gate, illuminated in Ukraine’s nationwide colors, AFP noticed.
Requested concerning the message he meant to ship with the leaders’ act, Macron replied “full assist for Ukraine” as he and Scholz approached round 200 individuals gathered close by.
Some have been draped in Ukraine’s blue and yellow nationwide colors and chanted “Mariupol”, a southeastern Ukrainian metropolis devastated by Russian strikes.
The Brandenburg Gate fashioned a central a part of the wall that separated east and west Berlin. It symbolised the Chilly Conflict’s “Iron Curtain” that divided the world into capitalist and communist blocs.
Some Ukrainians within the crowd criticised the French and German governments for being too shut with Russia, which invaded its neighbour on February 24.
“I wish to see extra braveness,” Tania, a 40-year-old physician who has lived in Germany for 25 years, advised AFP.
“I perceive they (Macron and Scholz) worry for their very own residents, however we mustn’t underestimate Russia,” she stated, including that Moscow might assault Poland or the Baltic states subsequent.
“Individuals within the West are scared due to hovering costs and the worry of a 3rd world conflict.”
Scholz particularly has come below hearth for arms deliveries to Ukraine deemed inadequate and Germany’s reliance on Russian power imports.
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