Zelensky appeals to the militaristic traditions of Germany

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday addressed the Bundestag (parliament) of Germany via video link. His speech was an appeal to the worst traditions of German history.

Eighty years after Germany’s war of extermination against the Soviet Union that claimed the lives of 27 million of its inhabitants, he accused Germany of not being aggressive enough against Russia. In this country, the memories of the terror of the Nazi Wehrmacht (army) are still extremely clear.

By clinging to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea for so long, refusing preventive sanctions against Russia and refusing to accept Ukraine into NATO, Germany contributed to the isolation of its country and supplies to Russia, Zelensky accused before the assembled parliamentarians. which, he said, lacked “strength” and “leadership”.

He referred to Cold War anti-communism, accusing his audience of hiding behind a wall: “a wall in the middle of Europe, between freedom and unfreedom.” He quoted US President Ronald Reagan yelling at the Berlin Wall, “Tear down this wall!” He urged Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “Tear down this wall. Give Germany the leadership it deserves.”

Zelensky has demanded a full trade embargo on Russia and NATO’s more direct involvement in the hostilities, even if that means the risk of World War III.

The day before, he already demanded the establishment of a no-fly zone over Ukraine in a video message to the US Congress. He repeated this request before the Bundestag. According to him, Germany should help ensure the security of the Ukrainian skies and prevent Russian air attacks.

Military experts agree that establishing a no-fly zone would be tantamount to NATO officially entering the war. Former Inspector General of the Bundeswehr and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Harald Kujat called the request irresponsible.

“In addition to the fact that the UN does not have a mandate for no-fly zones, a no-fly zone would be tantamount to a declaration of war on Russia,” he said. “In order to prevent the downing of NATO fighters, Russian air defense systems must first be neutralized. Even if it succeeded, dogfights would follow. NATO and Russia will be at war with each other and on the brink of nuclear war.”

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