German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured Russian dictator Vladimir Putin before the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion and war against Ukraine that Ukraine would not join NATO in the next 30 years, German newspaper Die Welt reported on Aug. 22.
“This (Ukraine’s entry into NATO) won’t happen in the next 30 years,” Scholz said during negotiations with Putin, the newspaper said.
However, according to the German chancellor, Putin has “completely absurd” ideas. For example, the Russian dictator told him that Belarus and Ukraine apparently “should not be separate states.”
“NATO has never been a threat to Russia,” Scholz said.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Aug. 20 that the Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine and attempt to overthrow its democratic government had been motivated by “unacceptable” threats to Russia’s security.
The minister repeated Russian propaganda claims about genocide in the Donbas and NATO posing a threat to Russia.