Baerbock seeks dialogue with Moscow

Germany’s foreign minister says that Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine must end if dialogue is to resume with Moscow.

Baerbock sucht Dialog mit Moskau
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Berlin (dpa) – German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has said that Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine must end if dialogue is to resume with Moscow. “We are ready at any time not only to talk, but finally to see an end to people being killed,” the Green politician said on Sunday at the end of an informal meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Berlin. “But for that to happen, this bombardment has to stop,” Baerbock added.

Baerbock criticised that the Russian government had made it clear that it no longer placed any value on the 1997 Nato-Russia Founding Act, saying that the Founding Act had been unilaterally revoked by Russia. That is why Nato is strengthening its eastern flank, she said, explaining that it needed to be ensured that Finland and Sweden would not be threatened in the event of a possible accession. This also applies to the Baltic partners and the countries on Nato's southern flank. Accordingly, “further capabilities will be made available there, including by us, the Federal Republic of Germany, so that we can defend every corner of our common alliance if necessary,” Baerbock said.

In the Nato-Russia Founding Act, Nato had also undertaken not to permanently station “substantial combat forces” in the eastern territory of the alliance. From Nato’s viewpoint, however, this commitment was clearly linked to the condition that the then positive security environment would not deteriorate.