There is no excuse for Russia's brutal non-compliance with international law in Ukraine, said former German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her first interview since stepping down last year.

"If we start going through the centuries and saying which part of the territory belongs to whom, then we will only have war - this is not at all possible," the


reported .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously criticized Merkel and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for their move to block Ukraine's accession to NATO in 2008, suggesting it was a clear "miscalculation" that encouraged Russia.

Asked about Ukraine's refusal to join NATO at the time, Merkel said that if she had not vetoed the action, "Putin would have done something that would not be good for Ukraine."

We note that Russian lawmakers have voted to remove their country from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights after more than 20 years as a member of the Council of Europe, the continent's highest human rights organization.

Otherwise, Russia today has continued with bombings causing casualties and material damage.

/ Telegraphy /