Scholz: NATO is not looking for regime change in Russia

Olaf ScholzPhoto: Michael Kappelerdpa via AP

Regime change in Russia is not a NATO goal, despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine, German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz said on Monday.

“That is not NATO’s goal, nor is it the American president’s goal,” Scholz told German broadcaster ARD.

On Saturday, US President Joe Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a butcher who can not stay in power.

“I have had the opportunity to talk to him in the White House, and we have also discussed these questions,” Scholz said about Biden.

After Biden’s speech in Warsaw on Saturday, the White House quickly toned down Biden’s message.

“For God’s sake, this man can not remain in power,” Biden said in the speech.

“Democracy, freedom, and justice have a future everywhere, but it is up to the people and the countries themselves to fight for this freedom,” Scholz said.

Scholz’s statements came after French President Emmanuel Macron warned against verbal escalation with Russia.

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