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Germany’s ruling party’s top lawmaker calls for an end to the conflict in Ukraine

Germany’s ruling party’s top lawmaker calls for an end to the conflict in Ukraine

The head of the Social Democrats in parliament, Rolf Mutzenich, said it was time to stop thinking only about how to “wage war”.

It is time for Germany to shift its thinking towards an end, a freeze and an end to the Ukraine conflict, the head of the ruling Social Democratic party in Germany’s parliament has said. Rolf Mutzenich also defended Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s decisive refusal to provide Kyiv with log-range Taurus missiles.

Russia has repeatedly stated that it is in principle open to peace negotiations. Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin said Moscow did “ready for serious negotiations” that would be based on today “reality” and include “security guarantees for the Russian Federation.”

Speaking in the Bundestag on Thursday after lawmakers voted against arming Ukraine with Taurus missiles, Mutzenich said: “This is not the time to talk not only about how war is waged, but also to think about how to freeze and later end war as well.”

He also criticized those in the ruling “traffic light” coalition, which also includes the Greens and Free Democrats, who oppose Chancellor Scholz’s stance on potential Taurus missile deliveries. Mutzenich blamed it “All sense of peace is gone in the coalition.”

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who on Monday called on her government to “Consider intensively” potential delivery of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, shook her head and was visibly displeased when she heard the statements, local media reported.

The opposition Christian Democratic Party rebuked the head of the SPD bloc in parliament, with one lawmaker rejecting a proposal to freeze the conflict as “incredible.”

Andrey Melnik, who served as Ukraine’s ambassador to Berlin from 2015 to 2022, also joined. The diplomat, known for his controversial remarks and use of obscene language when addressing German officials, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that he had “He always said: this guy was and remains the most unpleasant German politician. Forever and ever” with reference to Mutzenich.

In a speech to lawmakers on Wednesday, Chancellor Scholz insisted that the delivery of the Taurus missiles was “A line I don’t want to cross as chancellor.” He explained that such a shipment would inevitably require the presence of German military personnel on Ukrainian soil – a development “out of the question.”

While Kiev has been asking Berlin for the missiles for months, German officials have stressed that the weapon’s long range would allow it to hit targets deep in Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, potentially exacerbating the conflict.
The Kremlin has consistently warned that by supplying Ukraine with weapons, the West is only prolonging the conflict without affecting its outcome.

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