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Scholz: Use all dialogue formats to resolve the crisis with Russia

Wednesday, 01/12/2022 2:51 PM by

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Olaf Scholz (SPD). pixabay.com

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In view of the current international negotiations to resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed optimism that progress will be made for security in Europe. “There are now four levels of discussion. And that is good progress,” said the SPD politician on Wednesday in his first government survey as Chancellor in the Bundestag in Berlin. At the same time, he spoke of a serious threat to security in Europe. “The deployment of troops along the Ukrainian border must worry us, and it is also very, very worrying for me personally,” said Scholz.

The basic constant in Europe has always been “that the territorial integrity of the states remains safe,” said the Chancellor. This was lost with the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea by Russia in 2014. “We have to return to this situation. We will do that,” assured Scholz. Embedded in the European Union and NATO, as well as together with our American allies, “we will clearly ensure that these dialogue formats are all used again to ensure that we achieve the necessary progress for security in Europe”.

Scholz mentioned the talks in the NATO-Russia Council that were going on this Wednesday for the first time in a long time, the deliberations between the USA and Russia at the beginning of the week and the talks planned this week in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He added: “We are actively ensuring that there are again opportunities to revive the Normandy format between the countries that initiated it to overcome the crisis in Ukraine.” The negotiations between Moscow and Kiev in Normandy format, mediated by Berlin and Paris, have also been on hold for a long time./bk/DP/mis

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