Baerbock threatens Russia in Ukraine conflict and insists on green nuclear rejection
The new foreign minister calls for Franco-German friendship – despite still differences. Annalena Barbach uses her visit to Paris for some good photos and an announcement to Russia.
D.Germany’s new Green Foreign Minister Annalena Bர்பrck has confirmed the Franco-German friendship, for example, despite differences over nuclear energy. On Thursday, Berbaugh told a joint news conference with his French envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris that Europe was “the backbone of German foreign policy.” “A strong Europe needs strong Franco-German impulses.” He warned Russia of the dire consequences of a worsening Ukraine crisis.
“Russia will pay a high political and economic price for the renewed violation of the Ukrainian state,” the Greens politician said after meeting with his French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Thursday. Military escalation should be avoided. Barbach said solutions could only be found through diplomatic channels. You and Le Trian are ready to engage deeply personally.
After meeting Le Drian, Baerbock took the Thalys high-speed train to Brussels. There he wanted to hold afternoon talks with EU Foreign Secretary Joseph Borel, US Climate Protection Officer John Kerry and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. On Friday, Beerbock travels to Warsaw to meet with his Polish colleague Zbigniew Rau.
Photos from the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre
The first lady, who is also the head of the Foreign Office, discusses the current crisis and uses the visit to Paris for some personal moments. On his way from Quai d’Orsay to Gare du Nord, Thalys train station from the French Foreign Ministry, the 40-year-old parked his motorcycle for a while on the Seine Bridge and took a photo with the Eiffel Tower. Background. She said in a spontaneous stop that these were only for her two daughters.
Drivers with Baerbock then take a small detour past the world-famous Louvre. At the train station she stops with two pianists before boarding the train – but she does not touch the keys.
During his appearance with Le Drian, Baerbock had previously said that Europe would be weak if Germany did not invest in relations between Paris and Berlin. He called the Paris-initiated conference on the future of Europe an important milestone for the EU, with France aiming to take over the chairmanship of the EU Council in early 2022. Beerbock tricked Le Trian and thanked him for “this very warm and friendly welcome”. He said: “What could be sweeter than being in a new office in Paris on the morning of the first day for a foreign minister.”
Le Trian said he was looking forward to continuing the trusted relationship he had with his predecessor, Haiko Mass (SPD), with “Annalena”. The relationship between the two foreign ministers is “a treasure trove of Franco-German relations in the service of Europe”. It is necessary to say that “it is essential for the people of both our countries.”
Baerbock insists on rejecting nuclear power
Despite apparently enthusiastic voices, Barbach stuck to his rejection of French plans to classify nuclear energy as “green” energy. Everyone knows that we have different positions on the nuclear issue. The so-called taxonomy is being discussed at all levels, between President Olaf Scholes (SPD) and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as at the European level in Brussels. Scholz wanted to go to Markron’s inaugural visit on Friday.
Whether nuclear and gas are considered sustainable is still controversial in the EU. Together with countries such as France, Poland and the Czech Republic, it wants to label nuclear energy “green.” Countries including Germany, Luxembourg and Austria are strongly opposed to this.
In the escalating conflict in Ukraine, Bearbach threatened Russia with dire consequences if it escalated. “Russia must pay a high political and economic price for the renewed violation of the Ukrainian state.” Military expansion should be avoided. Barbach said solutions could only be found through diplomatic channels. You and Le Trian are ready to engage deeply personally.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has worsened over the past few weeks. The United States has accused Russia of deploying troops too far from the Ukrainian border. The Russian invasion of the former Soviet republic is feared in the West. Russia has denied the allegations, accusing Ukraine of stationing more than 120,000 troops in pro-Russian separatist-held areas.
France and Germany are mediating in the Normandy-style conflict between Ukraine and Russia that has been going on since 2014. However, the peace plan agreed in 2015 in Minsk has been put on hold. Most recently, the Normandy Summit was held in December 2019 in Paris. Le Drian said he would like to hold a new meeting at the ministerial level soon with France and Germany.
During the show with Le Drian, Baerbock talked about “the beginning of a future friendship”. Finally, he uttered the only French words at his first major international press conference in the office: “Mercy. Au revoir” – in German: “Thank you. Goodbye.” In the EU Foreign Council, here too, Ukraine and Moscow are in the lead.
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