‘Playing softball!’ Nigel Farage slams Germany over weak Russia response amid EU tensions

Nigel Farage calls out Germany over Russia response

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Nigel Farage has pinpointed deep divisions with Europe over how to prevent a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The former Brexit Party leader called out Germany for taking a “softball” approach to the Kremlin because of Berlin’s economic dependency on Russian-supplied gas. 

Mr Farage told Fox News: “There’s actually a huge division amongst the West that it comes on two levels.

“The first is in Europe, where Germany has a completely different position on Russia and Ukraine, to that that is held by Poland, Estonia, the Baltic countries.

“That is because Germany has made itself almost wholly dependent on Russian gas.

“If Putin turns off the gas supply, the German car industry closes down overnight.”

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“So Germany is really playing softball with this one, whilst the other countries, particularly those that are bordering the Russian Federation, are much more nervous and want greater action.”

It comes as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday was forced to defend Germany’s record on standing by Ukraine.

The response came following criticism of Berlin’s refusal to follow other Western countries in sending arms shipments to Kyiv.

“We have done a great deal to actively support economic development and democratic development in Ukraine,” he told a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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“We feel responsible, for example, for ensuring that Ukraine remains a [gas] transit country,” he added.

“Ukraine knows it can rely on Germany.”

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Putin that an invasion of Ukraine would be a “disastrous step” that could see Russia bogged down in a bloody and protracted conflict.

Mr Johnson said he did not believe war was inevitable and there was a chance that “sense can still prevail”.

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But confirming the exit of some British staff from the embassy he said: “We do think it prudent to make some changes now.

“The intelligence is very clear that there are 60 Russian battle groups on the borders of Ukraine, the plan for a lightning war that could take out Kyiv is one that everybody can see.

“We need to make it very clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that that would be a disastrous step.”

“[It] is going to be a painful, violent and bloody business,” added Mr Johnson.

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