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Germany: SPD launches book on Helmut Schmidt stressing dangers of NATO expansion02:34

Germany: SPD launches book on Helmut Schmidt stressing dangers of NATO expansion

Germany, Berlin
September 29, 2016 at 14:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was invited to present a new book about the former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) headquarters in Berlin, Thursday.

Schroeder and the book's author Thomas Karlauf had a short talk about their personal experience with the deceased statesman, pointing out similarities between Schroeder and Schmidt, focusing particularly on NATO expansionism and Europe's handling of relationships with Russia. According to Schroeder, Schmidt always "spoke vehemently against the affiliation of Ukraine and Georgia into NATO".

Discussing Schmidt's last meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Schroeder emphasised that in Schmidt's view, "the offer of the association of Ukraine megalomania and a foolish provocation to the Russians." The statesman also reportedly blamed the ongoing Ukraine crisis on US-led NATO expansionism in Europe during the Ninetees.

Germany: SPD launches book on Helmut Schmidt stressing dangers of NATO expansion02:34
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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was invited to present a new book about the former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) headquarters in Berlin, Thursday.

Schroeder and the book's author Thomas Karlauf had a short talk about their personal experience with the deceased statesman, pointing out similarities between Schroeder and Schmidt, focusing particularly on NATO expansionism and Europe's handling of relationships with Russia. According to Schroeder, Schmidt always "spoke vehemently against the affiliation of Ukraine and Georgia into NATO".

Discussing Schmidt's last meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Schroeder emphasised that in Schmidt's view, "the offer of the association of Ukraine megalomania and a foolish provocation to the Russians." The statesman also reportedly blamed the ongoing Ukraine crisis on US-led NATO expansionism in Europe during the Ninetees.

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