German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov negotiated on the current developments in Ukraine. The two officials met in Koenigswinter, Germany, Deutsche Welle reported.
"The Russia-Germany relations have been tense due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine", reads the message.
According to the German Foreign Ministry, the dialogue with the Russian minister was focused on keeping the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, further arms control and the situation in Donbas combat area.
Maas expressed confidence that Russia's 'constructive part' is necessary to solve international issues; he said both countries needed to work together to find these solutions.
Earlier, Maas said Germany and France would continue to support Ukraine constantly. He made the statement before his visit to Ukraine after the inauguration of new president Volodymyr Zelensky. Maas’s French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Ukraine along with him. "It was important to me to travel with (Jean-Yves Le Drian) to Kyiv after the inauguration of President (Volodymyr) Zelensky to make it clear that Germany and France are not slackening in their commitment to Ukraine — indeed, quite the opposite," Maas said.