Germany angrily denies claim by Boris Johnson that it wanted Ukraine to quickly lose to Russia when it invaded

Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, July 7 2022.

Germany slammed comments from Boris Johnson about its attitude to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 
Johnson said on Monday that Germany initially wanted Ukraine to “fold” to get it over quickly.
A German spokesman said the remarks were “utter nonsense” and called Johnson “very entertaining.”

Germany hit back at a claim from former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the country wanted Ukraine to “fold” as soon as Russia invaded.

In an interview with CNN Portugal on Monday, Johnson described what he said were the attitudes of several countries, including France and Germany, ahead of the invasion. 

He said: “I’ll tell you a terrible thing. The German view was at one stage that if it were going to happen, which would be a disaster, then it would be better for the whole thing to be over quickly, and for Ukraine to fold.”

He said there were “all sorts of sound economic reasons” to take that view. 

On Wednesday, Steffen Hebestreit, a spokesperson for the German government, called it “utter nonsense” at a press conference.

“We know that the very entertaining former prime minister always has his own relationship with the truth, also in this case here,” he said, per The Guardian’s translation. Johnson was ousted from office earlier this year after multiple scandals, including accusations of having misled parliament.

Hebestreit pointed to Germany’s military support to Ukraine as evidence that it did not want it to lose.

However, Germany was notably slower than other Western countries to help, prompting criticism internally and from the Ukrainian government.

Before the invasion began, Germany declined to join efforts by nations like the US and UK to send weaponry to Ukraine, and was pilloried by Ukrainians for offering instead a shipment of 5,000 helmets.

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Source:: Businessinsider

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