Germany will do “everything” to ensure Ukraine’s security, says Foreign Minister

Germany will do “everything” to ensure Ukraine’s security, says Foreign Minister


German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday that Germany would do everything in its power to ensure Ukraine’s security. She was on her first visit to Ukraine.

“We will do everything to ensure the security of Ukraine. We will do everything to ensure Europe’s security,” she said at a press conference after talks with her Ukrainian counterpart, a day before she is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday that Germany would do everything in its power to ensure Ukraine’s security. She was on her first visit to Ukraine.

“We will do everything to ensure the security of Ukraine. We will do everything to ensure Europe’s security,” she said at a press conference after talks with her Ukrainian counterpart, a day before she is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Russia has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy military equipment along its border with Ukraine. Although Russia claims it has no intention of invading Ukraine, fears of such an attack remain. Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Russia remains firmly opposed to Ukraine’s admission to NATO.

“We expect Russia to take clear steps towards de-escalation,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a visit to Madrid.

“Military aggression against Ukraine would have serious political and economic consequences for Russia,” he added at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Baerbock’s visit to Kiev comes amid attempts to revive the so-called Normandy Format grouping of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, which aims to de-escalate the conflict.

Her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba told reporters after the talks that Ukraine and Germany are “committed to a diplomatic solution to this conflict.”

“Our common goal is the effective work of the Normandy format and the holding of a summit of leaders of the Normandy format,” Kuleba said.

However, he reiterated Ukraine’s intention to receive arms from the West after Kiev in December accused Berlin of blocking NATO arms supplies.

“Our dialogue with Germany on this issue will continue,” said Kuleba.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold his first meeting with Baerbock on Tuesday.

(With contributions from agencies)

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