Berlin says he ‘will be there’ for Kyiv, as US holds talks with Ukrainian officials
Germany is “100%ready to provide some form of security guarantees to Ukraine, while the US government is still “in constant discussionwith Kyiv, according to officials from both countries.
The comments came on Wednesday, after leaked proposals on Russian-Ukrainian peace talks appeared to suggest an arrangement in which Moscow and various Western capitals would agree to pledge kyiv’s protection if it agreed to demilitarize.
“If guarantees are needed, then Germany will be there and give guaranteesGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told state broadcaster ARD on Wednesday, saying kyiv could count on her country’s support. Baerbock said Berlin was “in solidarity, 100%” with Ukraine.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday that Berlin has a “general willto give security guarantees – but a government spokesman did not say whether this would include military assistance.
kyiv has constantly called on the Western allies to clarify their position on the possible admission of Ukraine into NATO, or at least to offer it alternative arrangements. Ukraine’s joining the US-led military bloc has long been a statement “Red linefor Russia.
Moscow launched a military assault on its neighbor last month and the latest round of peace talks, held in Turkey on Tuesday, revealed Ukraine was ready to set aside its NATO ambitions , but only in exchange for detailed security guarantees from third-party countries.
Baerbock stressed on Wednesday that at this stage the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have not made sufficient progress and that Kyiv’s and Moscow’s understanding of the proposals may therefore be entirely different.
Meanwhile, Washington is “in constant discussion with the Ukrainians“On Ways He Can Stay”sovereign and secureWhite House communications director Kate Bedingfield said Wednesday. Bedingfield said, however, that there was nothing”specific“she could share”right now.”
Bedingfield also reiterated the White House’s position against establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which would risk a direct confrontation with Russia.
The round of talks between Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul on Tuesday was seen by many as a sign that the sides were getting closer to an agreement.
Top negotiators have said Ukraine is ready to set aside ambitions to join NATO, host foreign military bases and troops, or seek nuclear weapons. In return, kyiv wants Russia not to oppose its one day joining the European Union – and has asked other nations for NATO-like security guarantees.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of these regions within the Ukrainian state.
Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake Donbass by force.
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