Whether the negotiations with Russia in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna will make significant progress on this week or revealed with claims so that early demolition should be provoked, is not in the power of the West. But the smartest reactions. © Alexei Nikolsky Russia President Vladimir Putin on Monday on a video clause with allies to the situation in Kazakhstan.
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has called the EU in dealing with Russia and China. "Especially towards autocratic actors such as Russia and China is important: When Europe drives a common course and closed, it is a heavyweight - it acts in contrast, struggling under its weight class," Baerbock explained on Thursday before her departure to a meeting Your EU colleague in Brest. © Michael Son Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) called the EU in dealing with Russia and China.
in the West French port city days since Wednesday already the EU Defense Ministers. At the center of the consultations, the so-called strategic compass, with which the EU wants to achieve stronger military independence. For Thursday, joint discussions on European security policy are planned.
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of dealing with Russia and its aggressive foreign policy represents the west of problems. NATO and EU can not ignore provocations and human rights violations, but they need Putin to solve multiple crisis worldwide. © Fred Tanneau The EU Foreign Ministers extended in Brest economic sanctions against Russia by six months, as Moscow does not fulfill its obligations from the Ukraine Peace Agreement with Russia is currently not working. But without it is not.
"The meeting with my EU Foreign Ministers and Foreign Ministers is currently taking place at the right time: at the end of a week with crucial talks on Russia, there is an opportunity to move in Brest's level as an EU," Baerbock explained with a view of the meeting NATO Russia Council as well as negotiations between the US and Russia over the Ukraine conflict.
Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), which participates in the consultations in Brest by video disconnection, welcomed that the NATO Russia Council for the first time for more than two years was again on Wednesday. It is a "very good sign that we talk to each other again and the escalation can stop so," she said to the transmitter RBB.
Baerbock value The meeting in Brest right at the beginning of the French EU Council Presidency as a "clear signal": "We determine our positions as Europeans and I mean seriously with the narrow wire between the EU Member States." In the current crisis, this is particularly important, "because the EU's own interests are touched - from sovereignty and territorial integrity independent states on issues of political and economic cooperation between the EU and Russia to the security situation to EU external borders."
The EU External Officer Josep Borrell advised to keep a cool head in the talks with Russia: "We should not negotiate pressure," Stressed Borrell in Brest.
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Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens), for the first time in a conversation with her Chinese colleague Wang Yi exchanged. In the video conferencing of the two chief diplomats, it was on Thursday "especially the development of bilateral relations and global crises", a spokesman of the Foreign Office in Berlin announced at Twitter. © Michael Son Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) for the first time in a conversation with her Chinese colleague Wang Yi exchanged.