‘NATO not aiming for regime change in Russia’

'NATO not aiming for regime change in Russia'

Berlin/Brussels: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said that NATO does not have a goal of implementing a “regime change” in Russia.
“This is not the objective of NATO, nor that of the US president”, Scholz said in an interview with the German ARD broadcaster, adding that he had discussed the issue with US President Joe Biden at the White House and both of the leaders agreed that a “regime change” in Russia is not a NATO policy goal.
Scholz added that Germany supports the spread of democracy but believes that it is up to the people and nations to fight for it. The chancellor also said that Germany will work on eliminating dependence on Russian energy imports.
Meanwhile, European Council President Charles Michel has said that he believes Russia has committed alleged war crimes in Ukraine, but it is nonetheless necessary to maintain dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I deeply believe that there are war crimes being committed by Russia in Ukraine. On the other hand, out of necessity, I believe that we must maintain dialogue with Vladimir Putin, because, whether we like it or not, today it is he who is sitting in the Kremlin,” Michel said on Twitter.