Updated on 02/21/2022 at 12:39 p.m
- Foreign Minister Baerbock warns Russia against an attack on Ukraine.
- There is still an easy way out that the Russian government can decide at any time.
- “Another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty would very quickly have massive repercussions for Russia,” said Baerbock.
After a crisis meeting with colleagues from the other leading democratic economic powers, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned Russia against an attack on Ukraine. “Don’t make this fatal mistake, withdraw your troops, avert damage from Ukraine and Russia and let’s talk,” she told the government in Moscow. “History has not yet been written”. There is still an easy way out that the Russian government can decide at any time.
“It is a mistake if Russia believes that it can increase its own security by subjugating others. The opposite is the case,” said the Green politician. “Another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty would very quickly have massive repercussions for Russia – economically, financially and politically – strategically and also individually for all those who bear personal responsibility for this crisis.”
Regarding the current situation, Baerbock said: “As unimaginable as that may sound, we are facing the tangible danger of a military conflict in the middle of Europe.” However, it is not known whether an attack has already been decided.
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Baerbock made it clear that she considers the most recent developments in eastern Ukraine to be worrying. “The statements made by the separatists over the past 24 hours appear to be following exactly the script many have warned against: staging to create justification for military intervention.”
Baerbock did not give any details about the content of the talks of the G7 group of foreign ministers, which were organized on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. Germany currently chairs this Group of Seven (G7), which also includes the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Japan.
US President Joe Biden has once again made clear statements on the Ukraine conflict.
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