Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is "a crusade against what Putin calls the collective West," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Thursday.
"All along Vladimir Putin and his enablers have made one thing very clear, this war is not only about Ukraine, they consider the war against Ukraine as part of a larger crusade," Scholz said in a pre-recorded virtual speech at the Progressive Governance Summit.
"A crusade against liberal democracy, a crusade against the rules based on liberal order, a crusade against freedom and progress. A crusade against our way of life, a crusade against what Putin calls the collective West," he said.
Scholz added that Germany will support Ukraine financially, economically and for humanitarian and military needs.
"Including heavy weaponry, modern air defense system and tanks and make no mistakes we will continue our support as long as it takes," he said.
On Wednesday, Germany’s Economy Minister Robert Habeck said he is convinced Putin's attempt to destabilize Europe's economic order will fail.
"Putin will fail in his attempt to destabilize the basic economic order, the same way he will fail on the battlefield in Ukraine," Habeck said, speaking at a news conference in Berlin.