Weekend Reads Chancellor praises conversation channels for the de-escalation of Ukraine crisis
Ukraine's alliances are not a 'bargaining chip' in talks with Russia, country's deputy PM says
Ukraine’s proposed membership in NATO should not be used as a “bargaining chip” in this week's talks between Russia and the United States over the eastern European nation's plight, says Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European affairs.Olga Stefanishyna met the Western military alliance's secretary general on Monday ahead of a full meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which helps direct the relationship between NATO allies and the beleaguered nation.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has praised the call channels involving all pages to the de-escalation of Ukraine crisis. The situation becomes "no less serious, because the talks started," said Scholz at a joint press conference with the Dutch head of government Mark Rutte on Thursday in Berlin. "But you see how necessary you are."
It is important that "the attempt is made to develop a constructive way". It must "be our common task, to do everything this situation is decalated." The consequences for Russia in the case of military aggression had been made clear, stressed the Chancellor.
Ukrainian crisis: new diplomatic sequence in Brest
after Geneva and Brussels, the Ministers of the Defense of the European Union are gathered in Brest in France this Thursday and for two days. The objective of this meeting is to discuss the security of the continent and in particular the crisis in Ukraine. View on Euronews © Olivier Hoslet / Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved After Geneva and Brussels, the Ministers of the Defense of the European Union are gathered in Brest in France this Thursday and for two days.
This was also made efforts to revive the Normandy format. He and the French President Emmanuel Macron are "very glad that soon the negotiators of all four pages come together to accommodate preparatory discussions".
Video: Putin aggravates sound in Ukraine conflict (AFP)
In Normandy format, Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany come together to find solutions for the Ostukraine conflict. The last summit of this kind in Paris in December 2019 had tentative progress, but then the peace process came back into a dead end.
most recently, the tensions between Russia and the West had significantly tightened in Ukraine conflict. Given a massive Russian troop march on the border with Ukraine there are fears, Moscow could attack the neighboring country.
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US Senate debates new sanctions against North Stream 2 .
Against the background of the Ukraine conflict, the US Senate has dealt with possible new sanctions against the controversial Baltic Sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2. Senators debated on Thursday for a bill submitted by the Republican Ted Cruz, which aims in particular on the operator company Nord Stream 2 AG. The text at the same time limits the powers of President Joe Biden to grant exceptions of sanctions under reference to national security interests.