Asselborn later retracts, claiming he ‘let it slip’ after learning of Ukraine attacks
The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselbornhas warned that while Vladimir Putin continue as president of Russia, “there can be no solution” to the conflict in Ukraine, which is why he has even slipped the possibility of a “physical removal” which has subsequently been retracted, alleging that these statements “escaped”.
“If the Russian people knew the body count that (Putin) has on his conscience, the Kremlin would be overthrown”, stated the head of Luxembourg diplomacy, in an interview with radio station 100.7 in which he sees few options for a diplomatic exit.
“I wish I could physically remove to stop it. It seems to me the only option”, said Asselborn, who has advocated giving Ukraine a clear perspective of accession to the European Union, as demanded by the president Volodymyr Zelensky.
After the controversy, the head of Luxembourg diplomacy has retracted what he considers to be “an error” and, at the same time, “an escape valve”, since he has explained that before granting the interview he had heard the complaints of the authorities of the city of Kharkov on the consequences of the Russian attacks.
“Even though I’ve been foreign minister for 18 years, I can’t repress my emotions and my sense of Justice against the human suffering of innocent people,” he said in a statement released by his office.
Thus, he has maintained the idea that “the war in Ukraine can only stop if Putin’s actions are stopped”, but has pointed out that the idea of ”physical elimination” “escaped” him. As foreign minister, he added, “he should never have used these terms.”
The approaches of the person in charge of Foreign Affairs had already led a minority party to present an urgent question to the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, to urge him to position himself, according to local media.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.