Berlin condemns Russia’s demands as returning to the Cold War

Berlin (AFP) – February 18, 2022. 13:55

Berlin considers Russia to endanger Europe’s security

  • The annual Munich Security Conference, which will be dominated by the Ukraine crisis
  • Berlin: Russia’s demands go back to the Cold War
  • Lavrov’s absence is a missed “opportunity”

considered Berlin that Russia is endangering Europe’s security through “demands dating back to cold War“, in a situation that comes before the annual Munich Security Conference, which will be dominated by the Ukraine crisis.
“With the unprecedented deployment of troops on the border with Ukraine and demands dating back to the Cold War, Russia is challenging the basic principles of the European peace system,” Birbock said in a statement. Birbock urged Moscow to demonstrate “serious de-escalation efforts.”
International leaders and high-ranking diplomats meet in Munich, southern Germany, from Friday to Sunday for discussions on defense and security issues.
The annual conference is held at the height of tension between Moscow and the West, which fears that Russian forces are preparing to invade Ukraine.
Various formats will be held in Munich with the attendance of US Vice President Kamala Harris, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Usually, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov participates in this annual conference, but he has not decided to attend this year.
Birbock said Lavrov’s absence represented a missed “opportunity”. “In this very dangerous current situation, it was very important to meet with Russian representatives,” she added.
On Saturday, the German foreign minister will chair a meeting of her counterparts in the G7 countries devoted to Ukraine. She said that this meeting of the foreign ministers of Germany, which currently holds the presidency of the Group of Seven, and France, Britain, the United States, Japan, Canada and Italy, will allow sending a “message of unity.”
“We are ready for a serious dialogue about security for all. Even small steps towards peace are better than big steps towards war, but we need serious de-escalation measures from Russia,” she added.

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