Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz said this during an address to the European Parliament on Europe Day, May 9, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"The message of this May 9 is not the one that is heard today from Moscow. Our message: the past will not triumph over the future. And the future, our future, is the European Union!" stressed Scholz.
He noted that the EU, united in its diversity, is the best guarantee that the past, when the right of the strong was decisive, will not return.
Scholz noted that 2,200 kilometers east of Brussels, in Moscow, Putin organized a parade of his soldiers, tanks, and missiles, but "this show of force will not intimidate us." "We are steadfast and we will support Ukraine for as long as it takes," German Chancellor assured.
According to Scholz, the future does not belong to those who are nostalgic. And above all, it does not belong to revisionists who dream of national glory and imperial greatness. Ukrainians are paying with their lives for these dreams of their powerful neighbor, said the head of the German government.
May 9, Europe Day, Scholz called the only right answer that came after the defeat of German nationalism, which unleashed a devastating world war. Peace has become a reality, but today, when war between neighbors seemed impossible, not all countries on the continent can live in peace: every day, Ukrainians defend freedom, independence, democracy, and sovereignty against the brutal army of the Russian aggressor, the politician said.
The first celebration of Europe Day took place in 1964. On May 9, Ukraine celebrates Europe Day for the first time after it was established by the decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky.