Foreign Minister Annalena Barbach defended the German government’s refusal to supply arms to Ukraine. The shift in foreign policy stance on the issue to 180 degrees should be done “with full vigilance, and above all, the doors to expansion should not be closed for temporary reopening at this time,” said the Greens politician. Is calling.
Germany also supports Ukraine militarily, he said. Baerbock mentioned the supply of combat helmets, the construction of security bunkers and the training of Ukrainian soldiers. But the conversation has full priority. “Whoever spoke didn’t shoot, so it’s dangerous to refuse to start the conversation again,” Barbach said. The federal government continues to focus on strengthening Ukraine economically and financially. (27.01.2022)
Russia is reluctant to respond to US security guarantees
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on letters from NATO and the United States, including the security guarantees sought by Russia. According to the Interfax news agency, Lavrov said there had been no positive report from the United States on the matter. However, no point remained open. On secondary issues, there is hope for serious dialogue.
The Kremlin also commented on the US response to Russia’s request for security guarantees. The Presidential Office in Moscow explains that the assessment will take some time. However, it is already clear that Russia’s key demand has not been met. However, the conversation can continue. This is in the interests of Russia and the United States. Bilateral relations will initially continue at the working level, with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden set to meet later and decide when to meet. (27.01.2022)
“Russia’s security concerns must be taken seriously,” Wang warned
From a Chinese perspective, Russia’s concerns over its security in the conflict over Ukraine “must be taken seriously and resolved.” In a phone call with US Secretary of State Tony Bling, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged all parties to exercise restraint, the State Department said in Beijing on Thursday.
One should refrain from exacerbating tension or making speculations to exacerbate the crisis. The security of one country cannot be lost to the security of another country. Regional security cannot be guaranteed by strengthening or expanding military bases, Wang Yi stressed. In the 21st century, all parties must “abandon the Cold War mentality altogether” and design a balanced and sustainable security framework in Europe through negotiations.
Wang Yi said it was necessary to go to the beginning of the Minsk agreements to solve the problem in Ukraine. China supports all efforts in this direction. The agreement was reached in 2014, five months after fighting broke out between Ukrainian government soldiers against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. This is the first ceasefire with a peace plan. But implementation is low.
According to his spokesman in Washington, Nate Bryce, Blingen underscored the “global security and economic risks posed by further Russian aggression against Ukraine.” The foreign minister said expansion and diplomacy were the way forward responsibly.
US: No Nord Stream 2 in case of invasion of Russia
The United States has reiterated its announcement that it will impose sanctions on the North Stream 2 Baltic gas pipeline if Russia takes action against Ukraine. “I want to be very clear: if Russia invades Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 will not happen,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Nate Price. According to the July 21, 2021 US-German agreement, the gas pipeline could come under sanctions if Russia uses energy as a political weapon or acts against Ukraine. (26.01.2022)
The Normandy talks will resume in two weeks
Leading negotiators in Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia have pledged a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. After several hours of talks in Normandy format, the foreign policy advisers of the four governments, in a meeting in Paris on Wednesday, stressed that the 2014 Minsk Peace Accord for Ukraine is the basis for further negotiations. According to a statement issued by the French Presidential Palace, the chief diplomats are expected to meet again in Berlin in two weeks. After eight hours of talks, Dmitry Kozak, the Russian negotiator in charge of the talks, criticized the separatists in eastern Ukraine for not responding to their proposals. (26.01.2022)
The United States and NATO answer Russia’s questions
The US government has issued a written response to Russia’s demands for security guarantees in Eastern Europe. The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the receipt of the letter. Russia’s ambassador to the United States John Sullivan has handed it over to Secretary of State Alexander Khrushchev.
US Secretary of State Tony Blingen said the US government’s written response to Moscow’s concerns was fully coordinated with Ukraine and its European allies. “We received their input and attached it to the final edition sent to Moscow,” Blingen told a brief press conference in Washington. NATO has also sent a letter to Russia, which Blinken says is in line with the US response. “We are ready to listen to Russia’s concerns and hold a real debate on how to protect and strengthen the basic principles of European security,” said General Jens Stoltenberg.
Last month, Russia signed a draft agreement with NATO and the United States, in which the Kremlin seeks security guarantees in Europe. Among other things, it calls for an end to NATO’s eastern expansion, which Russia sees as a threat. The Kremlin wants to prevent Ukraine from joining the Western Defense Alliance. The United States and NATO suspect that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning an invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The Kremlin denies this.
At a crisis meeting in Geneva last Friday, Blingen promised his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov to respond to this week’s list of Moscow’s demands. The US Secretary of State said in a statement that the United States had “evaluated” Russia’s concerns and expressed its willingness to negotiate. In addition, they want to make clear how many US troops are in Ukraine. He said discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would continue now.
The US administration has repeatedly made it clear that NATO’s open door policy is not conducive to negotiations and that Moscow can not decide on alliances with other countries. At the same time, Washington agreed to negotiate with Moscow on other “mutual security issues” such as arms control. (26.01.2022)
The Ukrainian ambassador asked Germany for defensive weapons
Ukrainian Ambassador Andrei Melnyk welcomed the German pledge to supply 5,000 combat helmets to his country, but said it was not entirely sufficient. “We are delighted to be able to see at least the beginning of a review,” Melnick said.
Helmet distribution is only the “symbolic gesture” of the federal government. He hopes Western allies will persuade Germany to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons. As Ukraine lost almost its entire navy on the Russian annexation of Crimea, this apparently included ships. “The Germans have systems for coastal protection, and the Germans build the best ships in the world,” the ambassador said. Ukraine is defensive. Melnick was sharply critical of the federal government’s reference to citizens’ assistance to the country. “If we face the threat of a new war, we do not need any advice from Berlin on how to increase energy efficiency in homes that will be destroyed or bombed tomorrow.” (26.01.2022)
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