Ursula von der Leyen does not want to openly rejoice at the death of a person, not even if his name is Vladimir Putin: “You should never be happy when a person dies, and that applies to everyone,” explains the EU Commission President. However, she does not seem to value a still intact basis for talks with the Russian President: “It is important to me that Putin has to lose this war and have to take responsibility for his actions,” she emphasizes to the “image”. When asked if Vladimir Putin will ever stand trial, she replies: “I think it’s possible.”
Numerous war crimes have been committed since the invasion of Ukraine – the eXXpress reported. “That’s why we also support the collection of evidence that the proceedings before the International Criminal Court are also possible,” says von der Leyen. “And in the end, Putin is responsible for it.”
In addition, the President of the EU Commission spoke out in favor of billions in payments to Ukraine: “We must not forget that Ukraine urgently needs financial support. They need an average of five billion a month to keep the essentials going.” Here “the EU plays a very important role.”
Von der Leyen is also demanding the delivery of battle tanks, against which all Western governments have so far blocked themselves, including the German traffic light government, on which pressure is currently growing. “If they say they need main battle tanks, then we should take it seriously and deliver it to them.” Ukraine knows exactly what it needs “to defend itself.” Incidentally, Ukraine will also win.
Background: Berlin is giving Ukraine two more multiple rocket launchers and 50 armored personnel carriers. This increases the staying power of the Ukrainians a little. However, Kyiv would like battle tanks and armored personnel carriers. Above all, the German Greens want to comply with this urge from Ukraine. But the United States is not ready for this at the moment.
American Abrams tanks on the Ukrainian front fighting the Russians: These are not the images a US president wants to use to go into the midterm elections. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made it clear that if Washington doesn’t deliver tanks, then neither will Berlin.
Opinions in the West are divided over Ukraine’s chances of victory. Some – like Ursula von der Leyen – see Ukraine as the winner in the end and are demanding even more arms deliveries, including economic sanctions, because this is the fastest way to decide the war.
However, Von der Leyen has no solution ready for a central problem: how Europe will overcome its energy crisis without Russian gas. She wants to counter the exploding energy bills with massive redistribution. One should skim off the “huge profits” that some electronics companies are making right now. The EU Commission President speaks of “140 billion for the entire European Union”. However, it is not possible to conjure up more gas and energy with it.