Germany rejects former British PM’s claims on Ukraine

The German government on Wednesday rejected former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that Berlin initially wanted Ukraine to “fall back” quickly after the Russian invasion in February. CNN Portugal quoted Johnson as saying on Monday that “the German point of view was at one point that if this were to happen, which would be a disaster, then it would be better for everything to end quickly and for Ukraine to fall back.”

The network reported that Johnson claimed Germany had “all sorts of valid economic reasons” for the stance. German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Wednesday he was “tempted to switch to English and say it’s ‘absolute nonsense’ what Boris Johnson said.”

“We know that the very entertaining former prime minister still has his own relationship with the truth,” he added, citing German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s strong defense of Ukraine in a speech to parliament on February 27. , three days after the start of the war. Johnson has been repeatedly accused of lying during his career as a journalist, lawmaker and then prime minister. He was forced to resign by members of his own party in July.

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Christi C. Elwood