German FM shares stance on Russia-Ukraine peace talks — Analysis

The German foreign minister said that there’s no need to talk with Moscow right now about Ukraine peace.

According to Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister Annalena Bock, there is no reason for Russia to negotiate a settlement for Ukraine. “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s message so far has been the same every time: The attack will continue until Ukraine submits to his terms,”She spoke to Stern, a German magazine on Wednesday.

Since late March, peace talks between Russia and Ukraine remain deadlocked. Western politicians including Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister) have warned that Moscow should not win the conflict through concessions from Kiev.

Baerbock charged Russia with not allowing the International Committee of the Red Cross, (ICRC), to evacuate civilians from conflict-torn regions in Ukraine. “What can you negotiate with someone who is not even willing to agree with the International Committee of the Red Cross on humanitarian corridors for the escape of civilians?” Baerbock argued. Both sides accused the other of preventing civilians being evacuated from the embattled areas and attacking civilian sites throughout the conflict. Nevertheless, civilians were evacuated from Mariupol’s embattled capital by way of a ICRC-brokered safe route. Peter Maurer (ICRC chief) traveled to Moscow last March to resolve the issue.

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Stern spoke with Baerbock in an interview. He criticized the recently published open letter where a few German stars asked Chancellor Olaf Scholz if he would stop supplying Kiev heavy weapons, and instead seek a rapid ceasefire. “[If I was]Ukrainian. I find this letter disturbing and naive. [and] arrogant,”The minister stated. “What right would a German foreign minister, of all people, have to decide for Ukraine which part of the country should surrender [and] how many millions of its citizens should submit to Russian rule?”

Dmitry Peskov (Kremlin spokesperson) stated that only peace can be reached. “after Ukraine fulfills all the demands of the Russian side.”Russia also stated that weapons from the West to Ukraine would only worsen the conflict.

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Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols were originally signed by France and Germany through intermediaries. Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

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