German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, described Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine as a failure and said that Putin should not win.
Scholz's speech was quoted by Stern.
"He has already missed all his strategic goals. Russia's seizure of all of Ukraine today seems more remote than it did at the beginning of the war," said Olaf Scholz.
According to the German chancellor, Putin has also underestimated the unity and strength of NATO, the EU and the G7.
According to Scholz, the goal today is clear: "Putin must not win his war. And I am sure: he will not win it."
The chancellor called for making it clear to Putin that the peace he dictates will not be accepted by Ukraine or the West.
He also stressed that because of Putin's war of aggression, Germany is bringing weapons to the war zone for the first time. "Putin will only go to serious peace talks if he realizes that he cannot break Ukraine's defenses," Scholz said.
The chancellor warned of dramatic consequences if Russia succeeds in its invasion.
"Putin wants to return to a world order in which the stronger dictates what is right, in which freedom, sovereignty and self-determination do not belong to all," Scholz said, adding that this is imperialism.
"This is an attempt to take us back to a time when war was a common political tool, when there was no stable peaceful order on our continent and in the world," the German chancellor said.
As a reminder, the Scholz government has been criticized for delaying the heavy weapons Ukraine badly needs to repel the Russian offensive in the Donbas.
It is criticized not only at home, but also abroad. In particular, Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that Berlin failed to fulfill its promise to supply Leopard tanks instead of the existing Polish tanks that his country had provided to Ukraine.