German Foreign Minister Scholz has expressed concern that any undermining of the NATO defense agreement could benefit Russia. This comes after Donald Trump, who is running for president again, suggested that the US may not defend NATO allies that do not meet a certain spending threshold to defend against a possible Russian attack.
Scholz’s concerns were echoed by Polish President Tusk during their meeting in Berlin, where they emphasized the crucial cooperation and solidarity between Germany and Poland, especially in the face of Russian imperialism. Tusk stressed the necessity of European and American security cooperation, recognizing the importance of coordinating defense efforts and expressing confidence in the EU’s economic and technological strength to strengthen against potential aggressors.
Tensions between Germany and Poland have increased in recent years due to diplomatic consequences of the anti-German stance of the Pravo i Pravda party. This came to a head when Warsaw reopened the issue of war reparations from Germany. Scholz reiterated that Germany accepts full responsibility for crimes committed during World War II, rejecting Poland’s calls for compensation.