Baerbock demands de-escalation from Russia

Germany's Foreign Minister consults with her US counterpart Blinken in Berlin on how to proceed in the Ukraine crisis.

Baerbock fordert von Russland Deeskalation

Berlin (dpa) - Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called on Russia to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict during a meeting with her US counterpart Antony Blinken. Berlin and Washington agree that only the political path and dialogue will lead out of the crisis, Baerbock said in Berlin on Thursday. Unfortunately, Russian behaviour "speaks a different language", she said, referring to troop deployments to the border with Ukraine and manoeuvres with Belarus. Any further aggression would have decisive consequences, even if this meant economic consequences on their own side. It would be a matter of preserving the European peace order, which is of existential importance.

According to US Secretary of State Blinken, the USA, Germany and the Western allies stand united in the  conflict. It is up to Russia whether it chooses the path of escalation or that of diplomacy, Blinken said in a joint press conference with Baerbock. The choice could not be taken away from Russia. In any case, Moscow would find the USA, Germany and the other partners united.

The USA and Nato have been accusing Russia of planning an attack on Ukraine for months. Moscow rejects this. On Friday, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart Antony Blinken plan to meet in Geneva.

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