Ukraine and German government policy – not an easy relationship, especially for the SPD. Now their faction leader says he has landed on the Ukrainian government’s “terrorist list.”
SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich has accused the Ukrainian government of having put him on a “terrorist list” a long time ago. “I was already irritated that the Ukrainian government put me on a terrorist list on the grounds that I am working for a ceasefire or for the possibility of taking further diplomatic steps via local ceasefires,” said Mützenich on Saturday at the SPD debate convention in Berlin.
That’s why he received threats: “On the basis that the Ukrainian government’s terror list came up, you also got secondary threats, so to speak. It’s not exactly easy to deal with, either.”
According to media reports, the “Center against Disinformation of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine” had already published a list of 75 personalities on the Internet in July, which also included Mützenich. The accusation: the dissemination of “narratives” that matched Russian propaganda. Mützenich was listed as saying that he was working for a ceasefire. The page can no longer be accessed.
Mützenich said that if commitment to a ceasefire is a criterion for such a list, then UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres must also be included. He lamented “discrimination” against those who, like himself, advocate diplomacy with a view to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
He also accused the SPD’s coalition partners, i.e. the Greens and the FDP, of this discrimination. “That goes to some extent to the coalition partners. I oppose this rigorism.” Mützenich vehemently defended his demand for more diplomacy: “It remains the case: (…) Most wars did not end on the battlefield.”