After this sentence, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was massively criticized
“No matter what my German voters think”
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock supports Ukraine – “regardless of what my German voters think”. This choice of words caused massive criticism.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wants to keep her promise to Ukraine.
Electricity is getting expensive, and the situation in Europe will come to a head in winter. But German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (41, Greens) makes it clear that possible protests over high energy prices will not lead to the lifting of sanctions against Russia.
At a panel discussion in Prague, she said: “If I promise the people of Ukraine: ‘We will be by your side as long as you need us’, then I will keep this promise. No matter what my German voters think. But I will support the people of Ukraine as promised.”
#BaerbockReturn is trending on Twitter
The choice of words upsets some. On Twitter, #BaerbockReturn was one of the most used hashtags in Germany on Thursday. The parties AfD and Die Linke accused Baerbock of disregarding the will of the voters because of their choice of words. Criticism also came from the CDU.
During the panel discussion, Baerbock not only said that the promise made to Ukraine would be kept. She also proposes a solution and speaks of social measures that will become necessary.
“Off the shelf disinformation”
However, the Foreign Office is shooting against the criticism of the Baerbock statement. It is pro-Russian disinformation. The Ministry Commissioner for Strategic Communications, Peter Ptassek, writes on Twitter: “The classic: a video edited together to make sense, boosted by pro-Russian accounts and the instant cyber court is ready, off-the-shelf disinformation.”
The Foreign Office’s Twitter account shares the post – and apparently the opinion. Ptassek goes on to write: «Are we going to split up so cheaply? I do not think so.” (eu)