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Scholz: Risk of Russia using nuclear weapons has diminished, for now

In response to international pressures, the likelihood that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine has fallen, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated in a Thursday (8/12/12) interview.

Despite the fact that war was continuing with “undiminished violence”, Scholz told Funke media that one thing had happened in his first year as president.

“Russia has stopped threatening to use nuclear weapons.” As a response to the red line set by the international community

Germany’s leader stated that, despite deep divisions, it was important to maintain dialogue with the Kremlin.


Putin stated Wednesday (7/12) that there was a growing risk of nuclear war. However, he said Russia had not “gone mad” and that Russia considered its nuclear arsenal a defensive deterrent.

Funke stated that Scholz interviewed him Monday (5 December), and Scholz’s quotes were approved Wednesday afternoon.

Scholz stated that Putin had to stop the war but that he would speak with Russia about arms control in Europe afterward. This was also something he said before the war.


Scholz said that Germany was a major supporter for Ukraine’s independence from America. This was in addition of providing weapons supplies.

“We are doing everything we can to avoid a conflict between Russia, NATO.” He said that such a conflict would only lead to losers all around the globe.

Scholz stated that Europe’s largest economy will weather the winter without any difficulties and will continue to be an industrial nation, despite its dependence upon Russia.

“We are taking the right decisions now to ensure our independence long-term. He stated that our goal is to be completely climate neutral by 2045 and produce all of our energy without natural gas, oil or coal.

He replied “Of Course” when asked if he would stand for Chancellor in the next election.

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