German Chancellor says there is a “very, very serious” threat to peace in Europe

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the threat to peace in Europe “very very serious,” amid concern over the Russian troop buildup near borders.

In brief comments outside the German parliament following a vote to re-elect the country’s president, Scholz previewed his visits to Kyiv on Monday and to Moscow on Tuesday by describing his task as exploring how to keep the peace on the continent.

Scholz said that if there was a military aggression against, there would be “reactions and sanctions which we have prepared carefully.”

At the same time, Scholz said, the available avenues for talks had to be used.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was backed by the federal assembly to serve a second five-year term. The role is largely ceremonial.

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