German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who met with US President Joe Biden at the White House on March 3, gave an interview to CNN television. Scholz said that Biden is one of the most talented presidents, very knowledgeable in international relations. He also added that Biden contributed to transatlantic cooperation, which is also important for world peace and NATO.
German Chancellor Scholz also touched upon the Russia-Ukraine war. He stated that Germany is the country that supports Ukraine the most in terms of economic and military aid in continental Europe. Stating that it was thought that Germany would have economic difficulties due to the war, Scholz said, "There is no economic crisis in Germany. There is no shortage of natural gas or anything like that."
Stating that Russia did not succeed in Ukraine as he expected, Scholz said, "Russian President Vladimir Putin was wrong about the strength of the Ukrainians and the unity of their friends who support them. It is difficult to predict what will happen next in Ukraine. But one thing is very clear. We will continue to provide economic and humanitarian aid, as well as arms support."
Stating that no decision will be taken without the Ukrainians, Scholz said, "Putin needs to understand that he cannot succeed with his invasion and imperialist aggression in Ukraine and that he must withdraw his troops. This is the basis of the negotiations."