Baerbock in Green State Council: “This is our peace project in Europe”

Status: 30.04.2022 4:41 pm

Taking responsibility instead of leaving: At the party conference, Foreign Minister Baerbock called on the Greens to support the federal government’s course on Ukraine. The leader of the Greens, Nouripour said they will remain a peace party.

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called on the Greens at the state council in Düsseldorf to support the path taken by the federal government to support Ukraine and equip the Bundeswehr. “In these moments, when the unimaginable has become a bitter reality, we have a responsibility and we have to make decisions that we could not have imagined before,” she said in a video contribution to the small party conference.

It is about “our peace project in Europe,” Baerbock said. She is grateful that the Greens are willing to take responsibility and not give up. It is a strength and not a weakness to think things in a new and different way. “Therefore, we say clearly and unequivocally, not only do we stand by the Ukrainians, but we think it is right that we are now jointly supplying heavy weapons to the Ukrainians in self-defense.” “We are arguing if we are doing enough. Because even with these arms shipments, we do not know when this war will end,” Baerbock said.

Not the no-fly zone

Baerbock again spoke out against the creation of a no-fly zone over Ukraine. “We have to keep our heads cool,” no matter how heartbreaking looking at the photos. “We have a responsibility to ensure that this war does not turn into a war across Europe for millions of others.” There are fears that enforcing a no-fly zone would require NATO to shoot down Russian planes and withdraw to the war.

Nouripour: The Greens remain the party of peace

The leader of the Green Party, Omid Nouripour, defended Ukraine’s military support against the Russian attack and at the same time declared his commitment to peace. “We will always remain a party of peace,” Nouripour promised at the party conference. Baerbock in particular did everything he could to prevent a war, but the Kremlin had no interest in it.

Nouripour went on to say that as the ruling party, the Greens are facing reality. This does not mean saying goodbye to efforts to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. The deployment of the army should be just “a very, very last resort”. The situation in Ukraine is now forcing the Greens to do things they would not have done a few weeks ago, including the supply of heavy weapons. “It is our duty as Greens not to give up the historically growing legitimate culture of military restraint. This is and will remain true,” Nouripour said.

NATO’s intention to spend two percent of its gross domestic product on armaments each year is wrong. The Greens did not agree to anchor in the Basic Law, said Nouripour, who brought a motion by the Federal Executive Committee on Ukraine policy. However, the Bundeswehr had to change massively, for example in procurement. But it is also important to use it against cyber attacks or against disinformation campaigns.

Nouripour warned of a global catastrophe if Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “perfidious plan” to block Ukrainian ports succeeds. Significant grain exports from Ukraine would then be prevented and world hunger would increase. “It can not be defeated for the unscrupulous.” It is not just about helping people in Ukraine, but also preventing it.

Hasselmann: Stop fighting right away

“It’s not about compromises,” said group leader Britta Haßelmann. The point is that the Russian government must stop all hostilities and do so immediately. “State Minister for Culture Claudia Roth called Russia an” impeccable dictatorship. “” Ukraine’s culture and cultural identity must be destroyed. “Ukraine must be able to defend himself, even with heavy weapons.However, Roth warned against a one-sided debate and an arms spiral.

Skepticism when it comes to specific assets

While there was a lot of support for Ukraine, some speakers expressed skepticism about the 100 billion-euro special fund for the Bundeswehr. Of course, the Bundeswehr needs to be well equipped, but it’s about the right order, said Sebastian Hansen from the Würzburg-Land district association. First it must be ensured that the funds do not flow.

Therefore, he supports an application from the Green Youth, which calls for “a reform of the procurement system and a determination based on the needs of the necessary military expenditures”.

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