Canada The German diplomacy in Moscow: a "constructive" visit according to Lavrov

23:35  18 january  2022
23:35  18 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov et la ministre allemande des Affaires étrangères Annalena Baerbock lors de leur rencontre à Moscou, le 18 janvier 2022. © AFP - Maxim Shemetov The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during their meeting in Moscow, the January 18, 2022.

perceived in Moscow as an "anti-Russian" and while the relations between Russia and Western countries are particularly tense, the displacement of the new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock promised dangerous and complex.

with our correspondent in Moscow, Jean Cassey

in the area of ​​Russian-German relations, three large files dominate the agenda. Ukraine, first of all, where war threats are brighter than ever. The LORD file of the North Stream 2 gas pipeline, then still not entered in operation despite the growing impatience of Russia. And finally, the question of the launch in Germany of a German-speaking antenna of the Russia Today Propaganda Chain, Today blocked by many technical, legal ... and political obstacles.

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These three points were all mentioned during the visit to Moscow of the German Minister Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock. A visit that, according to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, would have held "constructive". Russia and Germany, he says, will be able to find points of convergence, especially on issues of economic cooperation, but also and above all, on the Ukrainian file .

"For Ukraine we are on the same line, there is no alternative to Minsk's agreements, says Sergei Lavrov. We do not have any illusion on Kiev. Our hope is that Paris and Berlin will force Mr. Zelenski to do what he has promised to do repeatedly.

The result may seem skinny. But in view of the level of diplomatic tensions in recent weeks between Russia and Western countries, it is also encouraging.

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