German MFA holds “frank” conversation on Ukraine with her Russian counterpart

Source : 112 Ukraine

Annalena Baerbock in the talks with Russian Foreign Minister stressed that his country must not breach the territorial integrity of Ukraine
17:38, 15 December 2021

The candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor of Germany, Annalena Baerbock
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Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Baerbock discussed her Russian counterpart the threat of the Russian army invasion of Ukraine. This is stated in the message of Annalena Baerbock on Twitter.

"I had a call with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov. I wanted an honest and frank exchange of views. The territorial integrity of Ukraine must not be violated," Baerbock stressed.

In addition, she pointed out the necessity to reach progress in Normandy format.

The press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Russian side insisted on the need to provide security guarantees to Moscow in the form of legal commitments not to expand NATO to the east and not to move the bloc's military infrastructure to Russia's borders.

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“The new German Foreign Minister was given detailed explanations on the non-alternative nature of the Minsk agreement on the settlement of the internal Ukrainian crisis and its implementation by Kyiv, as well as the demand for German influence on the Ukrainian government as a member of the Normandy format,” Russian Foreign Ministry noted.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned Russia that the "political and economic cost" of its militaristic steps against Ukraine would be very high.

On December 13, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba in a first telephone conversation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Baerbock discussed the situation in Donbas and the position of the parties on Nord Stream 2.

In November, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov exchanged information with the British and US intelligence communities on the risks posed by the build-up of Russian troops around Ukraine.

In the same month, US intelligence revealed Russia's plans for a possible military invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.

At the same time, the head of the Military Intelligence Service of Ukraine, General Kyrylo Budanov, believes that the Ukrainian army will not be able to repel the offensive without serious military assistance from the West.

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