Two German ministers discuss the war with Russia

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Ammunition for a howitzer is seen during training at a military base in Munster, Germany on May 10, 2022. Photo / REUTERS / Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN – Two federal ministers of the German government have different views on whether Germany is at war with Russia.

The dissent, which sparked a spat on social media, became clear after German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said Berlin was a country at war with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Saturday (10/1/2022), Lauterbach took to Twitter, asking, “Seriously: What the hell is to kneel before Putin now?”

“We are at war with Putin and not with his psychotherapist,” he continued.

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He insisted that Germany’s goal should be to ensure Ukraine’s victory on the battlefield.

According to Lauterbach, “whether Putin’s soul can handle it is irrelevant.”

The tweet came in response to a suggestion previously expressed by philosopher David Precht, who said that every NATO member state should provide Russia with assurances that Ukraine will not join a military alliance.

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Precht suggested that this would open the door to peace talks between Moscow and Kiev.

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