Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SDP) whose term will soon expire believes that Germany should improve relations with Russia, and the main condition for this is peace in Ukraine. Maas stated this during a speech at the foreign policy forum of the Kerber Foundation on Monday morning in Berlin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.
"We need to strengthen our own position - and we need to work more closely with all the countries of the world.It also includes dialogue with those who do not share our values," Maas said.
According to him, to survive in foreign policy competition, Germany must remain an economic and technological leader and "continue to contribute" to NATO. Both are prerequisites for an international meeting with countries such as Russia and China.
"States such as Russia and China are putting pressure on rule-based order, international law and universal human rights. Hybrid threats and misinformation undermine our open societies," the Foreign Minister said.
The Chinese system means autocratic values that democracies do not want to live by.
On the other hand, he would like to "improve relations" with Russia, but this will require progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
"However, Moscow recently refused to meet with foreign ministers in the Norman format (Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia). The final decisions is on Moscow," Maas added.
Maas predicted that the EU would "continue to speak the same thing on Ukraine."According to the Minister, Germany should remain a bridge to the EU for Central and Eastern Europe.
"The division of Europe into east and west, into a two-speed Europe that our eastern neighbors see as a first- and second-class Europe, weakens us all," he said.
To do this, he said, it was important to preserve Europe's internal integrity and make it more sovereign on the outside.
As it was reported earlier, the ambassador of Germany in Kyiv Anka Feldhusen assured of preservation of the current political course of Berlin concerning Ukraine after elections to Bundestag.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to work on organizing a Normandy format meeting every day, until the last day of her tenure.