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‘Very Painful for Russia,’ Ukrainian diplomat on Berlin’s refusal to call Putin president

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin

Berlin has officially stated that it will not refer to Vladimir Putin as Russia's president, German broadcaster DW reported on March 18, citing government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann.

Diplomat and international expert Ruslan Osypenko discussed the possible consequences of this painful statement for the Kremlin with Radio NV on March 19.

The West is gradually getting rid of its illusions about Russia. We see that after two years of [full-scale] war, they have finally come to the conclusion that they need to defeat Russia and not just leave a window of opportunity for negotiations with Russia.

Because Putin will outlast them anyway, as he has outlasted many chancellors and presidents in Europe. And so he is proving his theory in practice that he can outlast any European [leader].

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But now the situation has changed. And look at France, look at [President] Emmanuel Macron. Look at Germany.

Germany's statement is very painful for Russia, because Germany was such an outpost, in fact, Russia's European outpost, which made it possible to connect Moscow and Europe. This is a centuries-old connection. We know that whole generations of Tsars were German by birth. And the Germans had a strategy of expanding their space eastward. They saw Russia as a space that they had to civilize. And thanks to this connection, we got this revanchist, neo-imperial Russia.

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And Germany, realizing that it has been feeding this dragon, says no, we are not going to negotiate with this regime anymore, because it has already crossed all the boundaries, possible and impossible. It kills physically, it kills the opposition inside the country. This means that there can be no political dialogue, "we close the door to dialogue, we do not call him a leader". This is very painful in essence, but restrained in form, in line with the policy of [German Chancellor] Scholz's party toward Russia.

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