BBC's Clive Myrie takes swipe at Merkel legacy and handing too much power to Putin

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He said: “To NATO’s great surprise, France and Germany in 2008 blocked a Membership Action Plan for Georgia, warning that Russia would interpret it as an existential threat.

“But four months later, Russia invaded Georgia anyway.

“In 2014-2015, when the US wanted to arm Ukraine over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Merkel and [then French president François] Hollande opposed such a strategy, instead investing in diplomatic efforts.

“But in the shadow of such seeming diplomatic successes, Russia continued to build up its military threat.”



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