- German Chancellor Olaf Schulz is visiting Ukraine, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
- Schulze again threatened Russia with severe sanctions, but at the same time supported the offer of dialogue.
“In the event of a military escalation, we are ready to impose far-reaching and effective sanctions in coordination with our allies,” the politician said Monday at a joint appearance with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kiev. “If Russia violates Ukraine’s territorial integrity again, we know what to do,” Schultz said.
At the same time, the German chancellor said: “We are ready for a serious dialogue with Russia on European security issues.” Germany supports the corresponding proposals of NATO and the United States of America. Now an answer is expected from Russia.
Schulze asked Moscow to use existing offers of dialogue. Germany will call for close coordination with Ukraine.
Schulz expects de-escalation from Russia
Schultz said Russia was expected to take “clear steps to de-escalate the current tension.” For the German government, it is clear that further military aggression against Ukraine will have serious political, economic and geostrategic consequences for Russia.
Russia withdraws from the OSCE meeting
Russia is moving away from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meeting on Monday. This was reported by the Russian Information Agency, citing Russian diplomat Konstantin Gavrilov. The OSCE meeting was requested by the Baltic states and aims to deal with “extraordinary military activity” in Belarus.
The chancellor confirmed that he would confirm this during his visit to Moscow on Tuesday. Schulz thanked Ukraine for its “cautious and cautious reaction to a difficult and dangerous situation it has faced many weeks ago.”
Kiev encouraged to continue responsible policies. “Our common goal is to avoid escalation,” Schultz emphasized. To do this, we work closely with allies and partners.
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