German Chancellor Says World Is At ‘Tipping Point’ Amid Ukraine War

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “turning point” for the world on Thursday, accusing Russia’s Vladimir Putin of trying to change the system of international cooperation.

Scholz’s comments were made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he referenced the book “The Magic Mountain.” In the play, the protagonist wakes up from a seven-year stay in a Swiss sanatorium with the lightning of World War I.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we too have experienced lightning,” Scholz said.

He added that the invasion of Russia is not “a small conflict”, because Putin aims to return to a world order dictated by force.

“In fact, the world is at a turning point,” Scholz said. “And it is not just the state of Ukraine that is at stake. It is the system of international cooperation that was designed after two devastating world wars.”

“That is an attempt to take us back to a time when war was a common instrument of politics, when our continent and the world lacked a stable and peaceful order,” he added.

But Scholz pointed out that Putin had failed in his “strategic goals” of taking over the former Soviet country, with the invasion of Russia now stretching for more than three months without a notable victory.

Ukraine pushed Russian forces back from the capital of Kyiv and fought fiercely in eastern Donbass after Russia regrouped last month for a new offensive.

“In my opinion, if one thing is clear, it is that Putin will only seriously negotiate a peace when he realizes that he cannot break through Ukraine’s defenses,” Scholz said.

Scholz called recent German commitments to send weapons to Ukraine a “change of course” in the country’s defense policy and pointed to plans to create a 100 billion euro (about $107 billion) fund to modernize the military. German. Scholz said the advances would ensure that Germany can defend itself “under the new conditions” from Russia’s invasion.

“We cannot allow Putin to win his war and I firmly believe that he will not win it,” he said.

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