German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not give up his “imperial ambitions” that threaten to destroy Ukraine and Russia unless he realizes he cannot win the war.
“That is why we will not accept any peace dictated by Russia, and that is why Ukraine must be able to repel Russia’s attack,” Schulz added in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.
The chancellor said the resurgence of imperialism, with Putin’s war on Ukraine, is not just a disaster for Europe but for the rules-based global peace system. He called on the United Nations to defend this against those who would prefer a world in which “the strong rule the weak”.
“Do we watch helplessly while some want to push us back into a world order where war is a common means of politics, where independent nations must join their most powerful neighbors or colonial masters, and where prosperity and human rights are the privilege of the privileged few?”
“Or will we succeed together in ensuring that the multipolar world in the twenty-first century remains a multilateral world? My answer, as a German and as a European, is: We must succeed.”
To better this end, Schultz said, the global south needs a greater role in global affairs.
Western allies have competed with Russia for diplomatic influence since the Kremlin began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Schulz announced that Berlin would host a conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine on October 25. He said Germany would help the Kyiv government at “the enormous cost of rebuilding the country”.