The effectiveness of sanctions against Russia is growing, they will have to be maintained for a long time, and the EU and NATO are stronger than ever, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
The West stepped up sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation over Ukraine, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier that the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russia will solve all the problems that the West creates for it.
According to Scholz, “our message to Moscow is clear: we will defend every inch of NATO territory.” According to the chancellor, Russian leader Vladimir Putin was mistaken when he suggested that actions in Ukraine would lead to “aggravation of relations between his opponents.”
“In fact, everything happened the other way around: the EU and the transatlantic alliance are stronger than ever. Nothing shows this more clearly than the unprecedented economic sanctions that Russia is now subjected to,” Scholz said.