German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has said that Germany is at war with Russian President Vladimir Putin, becoming the first federal minister to make such a statement.
In a statement on Twitter last night, Lauterbach responded to a suggestion by some NATO countries that Russia should be given guarantees that Ukraine would not be admitted to NATO.
“Let’s be honest: What does kneeling in front of Putin bring? We are at war with Putin. The victory in the form of the liberation of Ukraine must be maintained consistently. It doesn’t matter whether Putin’s spirit can cope with this.”
Before Lauterbach, Finance Minister Christian Lindner had spoken of an ‘energy war’.
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