The German government on Wednesday rejected former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that Berlin initially wanted Ukraine to quickly “collapse” in the aftermath of last February’s Russian military operation.
“The German opinion at one point was that if it was going to happen, which is a disaster, then it had better be over. in hurry, for Ukraine to collapse,” Johnson told CNN Portugal on Monday.
The network reported that Johnson said Germany had “all kinds of economic reasons” for the situation.
Commenting on these allegations, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday that what Boris Johnson said was “absolute nonsense”.
“We know that the likeable former prime minister has always had his special relationship with the truth,” he added.
To indicate Berlin’s support for Kiev, the speaker cited German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s staunch defense of Ukraine in a speech to parliament on February 27, three days after the start of the war. “As taleI think the facts speak against the insinuation I’ve heard in this interview,” Seibert continued.
Johnson was repeatedly accused of lying during his career as a journalist, lawmaker and later prime minister. Members of his party forced him to resign last July.
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