Organizer: Foreign Affairs Association e. V., Foreign Affairs Association
Theme: “The War in Ukraine: Classification and Possible Solutions”
Interview: Prof. Horst Teltschik and Dr.Beatrice Bischof (Moderation)
Date: 11. March 2022.
Interview with Prof. Dr. Horst Teltschik, foreign policy advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl and head of the Munich Security Conference (1999–2008)
In the interview on the classification and the question of possible solutions to the war in Ukraine from March 11, 2022, the following questions are addressed:
1. The Russian invasion of Ukraine did not come as a surprise, at least according to statements by large US think tanks. Russian troop movements were meticulously monitored by US secret services and published long beforehand as part of information policy as part of US crisis management. And yet the world was ultimately surprised. Why were the warnings not taken seriously “enough” by the European or German side?
2. What are Putin’s motives and interests? Stop the much-mentioned and also not new NATO eastward expansion, establish a Russia-friendly government in Ukraine? The annexation of part or all of Ukraine?
3. What means can we counter this? In terms of security policy, a military option is hardly an option, economic sanctions (in the areas of technology, energy, banking) are already in place, but these also harbor their risks. How do you rate the possibilities?
4. What could a solution look like? A resumption of Russia’s face-saving involvement in security and European formats (NATO-Russia Council, a European security architecture, a non-aggression pact with NATO…), the surrender of the Donbass, and neutrality of Ukraine?
5. Who could be the participants in a solution, which role could Europe play, which China?
Horst Teltschik was one of Helmut Kohl’s closest advisors. After Helmut Kohl was elected Chancellor on October 1, 1982, Teltschik became Ministerial Director and head of the department “Foreign and Internal German Relations, Development Policy, External Security” in the Federal Chancellery in Bonn. In 1983 he became Deputy Head of the Federal Chancellery. In 1989/90 he was special representative for the negotiations with Poland, he was involved in the German-German negotiations at the time of reunification and German reunification.
On February 10, 1990, Teltschik accompanied BK Kohl to the meeting with the then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow, which was decisive for German reunification. As a result, the Kremlin recognized the Germans’ right to self-determination for the first time since 1945, and Gorbachev paved the way for German unity.
Teltschik chaired the Munich Security Conference from 1999 to 2008.
Moderator: Dr. Beatrice Bischof, board member of the Society for Foreign Policy
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