Baerbock for a speedy resumption of peace negotiations


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The Green politician emphasizes the importance of the peace negotiations for security in Europe © Janine Schmitz / photothek.de / IMAGO

At a meeting with her Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke out in favor of a speedy resumption of peace negotiations in the Ukraine conflict.

Moscow – At a meeting with her Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke out in favor of a speedy resumption of peace negotiations in the Ukraine conflict. This is important for security in Europe, the Greens politician told journalists after her meeting with Lavrov on Tuesday in Moscow. To this end, a next meeting should be held in the Normandy format – i.e. mediated by Germany and France with Ukraine and Russia. Lavrov emphasized that Russia does not see itself as a party to the conflict.

It is important to breathe life into the Normandy process again, said Baerbock – just like the day before during her visit to Ukraine. It is good that everyone has committed to the Minsk peace plan. The peace plan agreed in the Belarusian capital for the conflict in eastern Ukraine is on hold. Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of violating the agreement. Baerbock said there are different perspectives on the deal. She wants to do everything to ensure that a meeting at Normandy level comes together quickly.

Regarding the security guarantees to the West demanded by Russia, Baerbock said: “We are ready for a serious dialogue about mutual agreements and steps that will bring more security to everyone in Europe.” The talks between the NATO-Russia Council and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were the first steps in the past week. Lavrov explained that Russia is now waiting for written proposals from the West. Russia had demanded an end to NATO’s eastward expansion and a waiver of Ukraine’s admission to the alliance. (dpa)


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