Left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht caused outrage with a statement on Twitter. In it, Wagenknecht criticizes the Greens for their changed attitude to energy policy in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.
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“Recommissioning of the coal-fired power plants shows that climate change was important to the Greens yesterday. Today, insane war against Russia is top priority for former eco-party
It is not the first time that Wagenknecht has polarized with her statements about Russia’s behavior. Shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine, Wagenknecht said on ARD at the end of February: “Russia actually has no interest in invading.”
She described the situation at the time as one “that is threatening for Russia” and lamented the aggressiveness with which the American side was talking about an invasion.
Colleagues from different parties harshly criticize the current tweet by the left-wing politician – there is also opposition from the left. The party leader of the left, Janine Wissler, responded directly to Wagenknecht’s contribution: “As leftists, we clearly criticize the energy policy of the federal government. But one thing is clear: Russia is waging a war of aggression against Ukraine with thousands of deaths and millions of refugees. To present this differently is a distortion of the facts and not the position of the party.”
CDU member of the Bundestag Matthias Hauer tweeted: “What Wagenknecht tweets can hardly be surpassed in terms of madness. Anyone who speaks of the ‘insane war against Russia’ is doing perpetrator-victim reversal par excellence and doing propaganda for the war criminals.”
SPD MP Derya Türk-Nachbaur wrote on her channel: “Russia has launched a brutal war of aggression. Ukrainian cities are in ruins. Ukrainian schools, hospitals, shopping centers are being bombed. In Ukraine, women, children and the elderly are being killed. Ms. Wagenknecht: ‘crazy war against Russia’.”
A little over a week ago, Wagenknecht spoke out in favor of a “freeze” on the Ukraine war. This had previously been brought into play by Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer. “Kretschmer is right on this point,” she said at the time. “Russian raw materials and above all the relatively cheap Russian energy are the existential conditions for a competitive German industry that we cannot do without.”