BERLIN, March 17 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday invoked the fall of the Berlin Wall, urging German Chancellor Olaf Schultz to dismantle what he called the separation between “free and unfree” Europe wall and stop the war in Ukraine.
Addressing the Bundestag via video link, Zelensky called on Scholz to restore freedom in Ukraine and draw on Germany’s collective memory of the historic 1948-1949 Berlin Airlift and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Zelensky described a new wall “in the middle of Europe between the free and the unfree,” which he said Germany helped build, linking Ukraine’s commercial links with Russia and previous efforts to secure the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Support isolation.
“With every bomb that falls on Ukraine, every decision not made, the wall is getting bigger,” he added.
Germany last month halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic gas pipeline project, which was designed to double the flow of Russian gas directly to Germany.read more
Recalling former US President Ronald Reagan’s call on the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, Zelensky told German lawmakers: “This is what I say to you dear Chancellor Scholz. Said: Destroy this wall.”
He added: “Give Germany the leadership role it deserves and make your descendants proud of you. Stand up for freedom, stand up for Ukraine, stop this war, help us stop this war.”
Lawmakers in the Bundestag welcomed Zelensky with a standing ovation, with Bundestag Vice-President Katrin Goering-Eckart telling him: “Your country has chosen democracy, and this is exactly what (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is. worried.”
She said Putin tried to deny the right to exist in Ukraine, adding: “But he has failed.”
Additional reporting by Andreas Rinke Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Miranda Murray
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