Backing for Scholz and Macron in the Ukraine conflict
Olaf Scholz (SPD). pixabay.com
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have secured the backing of EU partners for their mediation efforts in the Ukraine conflict. At the EU summit of heads of state and government in Brussels, a corresponding declaration was adopted on Thursday evening. It states that diplomatic efforts are being encouraged to achieve full implementation of the Minsk agreements of 2015 – especially in the so-called Normandy format.
Germany and France have been trying to mediate between Ukraine and Russia in this format for years. Lately there has been little progress. Both sides accuse themselves of not keeping agreements. A plan to resolve the conflict had been negotiated in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014 and continues to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine to this day.
The findings that Russia has drawn tens of thousands of soldiers together in areas not far from Ukraine are of particular concern at the moment. According to information from NATO circles, it was recently between 75,000 and 100,000. Scholz and Macron met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj in Brussels on Wednesday. Then it was said that they were working on a resumption of the Normandy format./aha/DP/men
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