Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann

Olaf Scholz aide’s comments on future links with Russia trigger dismay

The remarks prompted an angry response from Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, a prominent MP from the liberal Free Democrats, one of the three parties in Scholz’s governing coalition. Strack-Zimmermann, chair of the Bundestag’s defence committee, said Plötner’s comments “reveal the way of thinking of the last few decades that brought us into this terrible situation”. “It’s not the time to think affectionately about Russia but to help Ukraine,” she added.