Russian expert calls Germany’s Olaf Scholz a ‘little leader’

An analyst for a Kremlin-backed TV channel has used a Nazi reference in his criticism of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Appears in the Russia-1 program 60 minutesMilitary expert Ivan Konovalov expressed anger at the German leader’s assessment that Vladimir Putin would not win the war in Ukraine.

Scholz said on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Putin had “not achieved all of his strategic goals” and could not dictate the peace conditions for the war he had started. “Putin must not win this war,” said Scholz, “I am convinced that he will not win it.”

Once again, the reference point of World War II and an alleged struggle against Nazism in Ukraine, which was the Kremlin’s justification for the war, provided a topic of conversation 60 minutes’ Guests in the Friday edition of the Tagesschau.

Scholz is a “minor leader who has serious issues with inferiority complexes, and that’s a reflection of Germany itself,” Konovalov said, using the German word for “leader” strongly associated with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

“Germany has an enormous inferiority complex. Germany is under the pressure of its defeat in World War II,” Konovalov added of the prosperous democratic country at the heart of the European Union, whose GDP per capita is more than four times that of Russia.

“We can see what happens. Scholz wants to show in some way that he’s worth something, he’s worth nothing,” Konovalov told moderator Olga Skabeeva, known as one of the Kremlin’s main propagandists.

news week asked the Federal Foreign Office for an opinion.

In an earlier episode of the show, Aleksey Zhuravlyov, leader of the nationalist Rodina (Motherland) party, also targeted Scholz’s condemnation of Putin and promised nuclear retaliation.

Zhuravlyov called Scholz an “idiot” because he “really thought we could lose. We, a nuclear nation?” he said during a three-minute monologue Thursday, in which he added, “You end up being reduced to ashes.”

Guests on Russian state television get talking points from the Kremlin, and while they’re not official politics, they often reflect the mindset of Putin’s inner circle. In particular, guests 60 minutes have threatened Russian missile attacks on Western countries that support Ukraine and have promoted conspiracy theories about NATO.

As anti-Western rhetoric continues to be amplified by state broadcasters, a prominent journalist who quit his job for Russia’s Channel One advised Russians to “quit TV”.

Zhanna Agalakova, who resigned after Putin invaded Ukraine, told the BBC news night that the state television she worked for was aimed at “brainwashing her population.”

“Just don’t listen,” she said, “find other sources of information.”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 26, 2022 in Davos. His comments in his speech that he was “convinced” that Russia would not win the war sparked an angry reaction on Russian state television. Russian expert calls Germany’s Olaf Scholz a ‘little leader’

Rick Schindler

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