Ukraine.. Germany pledges to guarantee its security, Britain promises to arm it, and NATO enhances its cyber security
Germany will do everything it can to ensure Ukraine’s security, German Foreign Minister Annalina Bierbock said in Kiev, as the minister prepared for talks in Moscow on Tuesday, German Chancellor Olaf Schulz urged the Kremlin to reduce tension, and Britain announced it would arm Ukraine.
On her first visit to Ukraine, the German Foreign Minister warned yesterday, Monday, of the consequences of any new aggression against Ukraine, and said at a press conference with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev, “We are ready for a serious dialogue with Russia, because diplomacy is the only way to defuse this dangerous crisis.” Extremely”.
She added that no country has the right to dictate to another country in which direction it should go, what relations it can have and the alliances it may join, in reference to Russia’s refusal to join Ukraine in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Birbock indicated that she will visit the front lines of the conflict fronts in Ukraine soon.
The minister also stated that she had agreed with her French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to do everything possible to ensure the security of Ukraine and the security of Europe.
As for Kuleba, he said that he brought up the sensitive file of Germany sending weapons to his country after Ukraine accused Berlin last month of not supplying defensive weapons in the framework of cooperation with NATO.
“We know where and what weapons we can get, we know very well how to use them to defend our territory. We work on it every day and the results are not bad,” the Ukrainian foreign minister continued.
Berbock is scheduled to meet today, Tuesday, with her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow, in her first visit to the Russian capital since she assumed the position of foreign minister 40 days ago.
A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said that the Bierbock talks in Moscow are not a continuation of the Kiev talks, adding that attempts to defuse the border crisis will continue in other forms.
As for the Russian Foreign Ministry, before the start of the talks, it said that “there will be an in-depth exchange on current international problems, the most important of which is the realization of Russian proposals related to security guarantees.”
A German court had previously convicted a Russian citizen of killing a Georgian citizen in August 2019 in a park in Berlin, and Germany later accused Moscow of practicing “state terrorism”, as the two countries exchanged the expulsion of diplomats.
Berlin also blames Moscow for carrying out a cyber attack on the German parliament in 2015, and the attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the Novichok gas.
In turn, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed during his visit to Madrid that it is “important” that “Russia takes clear measures to calm the situation”, considering that the situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border disturbs Berlin and Madrid and that it is “very, very dangerous.”
“Any military intervention or threat to the integrity of Ukraine through military intervention will have a heavy price,” he added at a press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid.
Regarding Ukraine’s demands for Berlin to supply arms, Schulz said the German government is acting in this issue “very uniformly”, ensuring that what the previous German government did smartly in this case continues.
For his part, Sanchez reiterated Schulz’s call for Russia to de-escalate the border with Ukraine.
In a related context, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced yesterday that his country will provide Ukraine with light defensive anti-armor weapons systems with a small number of trainers, stressing that the deployment of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers near the Ukrainian border is “not routine”, and that they are equipped with tanks and armored fighting vehicles. Rocket artillery and short-range ballistic missiles.
In an interview with Parliament, Wallace added that the presence of Russian forces and their levels of readiness contribute to “creating a destabilizing atmosphere and risks of miscalculation at best, and conflict at worst.”
Wallace invited his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, to visit London “in the next few weeks” to discuss “issues of mutual security concerns and constructive engagement in good faith.”
On the other hand, NATO and Ukraine signed an agreement in Brussels on Monday to renew and strengthen their cooperation against cyber attacks, three days after a hacking operation targeting several Ukrainian ministries.
On Sunday, Ukraine confirmed that it had “evidence” of Russia’s involvement in this major cyber attack.
On another subject, a court held a full-day session on Monday for the trial of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who returned to the country yesterday, although he faces a charge of treason, as the public prosecutor requested a bail of one billion hryvnia (about 35 million dollars) and put an electronic bracelet, otherwise he will be deposited in prison.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Oleksiy Sokolov announced late Monday evening that he would announce his decision tomorrow, Wednesday, at 13:00 GMT.
Speaking to his supporters in court, Poroshenko said, “We have not lost anything.. We have not won the war, not even a battle, but we have maintained our position.”
Poroshenko, 56, accused current President Volodymyr Zelensky of ordering the proceedings against him to “distract attention” from the problems facing the country.