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As of: February 12, 2024 9:41 p.m

After former US President Trump's statements in regards to the responsibility of help inside NATO, Germany, Poland and France are demonstratively transferring collectively. Measures towards Russia had been additionally agreed upon at a three-party assembly.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged Germany's solidarity with Poland and criticized US presidential candidate Donald Trump's threats to European NATO companions. “Any relativization of NATO's guarantee of assistance is irresponsible and dangerous. And is solely in Russia's interest,” mentioned Scholz in Berlin after a gathering with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. “Poland’s security is also our security,” emphasised Scholz.

Scholz: There isn’t any finish to accountability

Tusk mentioned Trump's phrases had been “a cold shower.” He identified that Poland now spends round 4 p.c of its financial output on protection. The NATO states' voluntary dedication is 2 p.c, which, in accordance with Scholz, Germany will adhere to this yr “and forever.” The Chancellor additionally acknowledged Germany's accountability for the crimes of the Second World War: “There is no end to responsibility before history.”

The talks occurred as a part of a three-way assembly between Germany, Poland and France. Before coming to Berlin, the Polish Prime Minister first stopped in Paris and met President Emmanuel Macron there. Both advocated additional European help for Ukraine. Tusk additionally known as for nearer European cooperation on ammunition manufacturing. He emphasised that the European economic system is eight instances bigger than Russia's.

Fight towards Russian disinformation and cyberattacks

The three-way assembly of the nations additionally occurred at international minister stage. A joint strategy towards Russian disinformation and cyberattacks was agreed upon. A joint warning mechanism between the three nations towards Russian troll assaults is deliberate, mentioned French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné in La Celle-Saint-Cloud close to Paris after a gathering with Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and his Polish colleague Radoslaw Sikorski.

Germany, France and Poland wish to take joint motion towards Russian disinformation and cyberattacks.

The three nations had fallen sufferer to the identical Russian destabilization technique and wished to defend themselves collectively. In specific, the European elections and the Olympic Games in Paris in the summertime are attainable subsequent targets of such assaults. “Russia is trying to destroy European unity,” mentioned Séjourné after the assembly of the so-called Weimar Triangle. Almost 200 faux information websites had been found. These devices of disinformation must be disclosed transparently sooner or later. “We are ready to act to defend our democracy.”

Aim to revive the Weimar Triangle

The Weimar Triangle was based in 1991 as a dialogue format by the then international ministers of the three nations in Weimar. One objective of the assembly was additionally to spice up international coverage cooperation between France and Germany with the brand new pro-European authorities of Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

“We are meeting at a dramatic moment, because we have war again in Europe, we again have a dictator who has given himself the right to decide who can be a people and who cannot,” mentioned Poland's Foreign Minister Sikorski. Russian President Vladimir Putin is making an attempt to make use of lies and demagoguery to subjugate Ukraine and destroy the EU and NATO. “We cannot allow Putin to win this war,” Sikorski mentioned. “We must fulfill our obligations to Ukraine.”

“Stand on the side of Ukraine”

“If Putin believes that our strength is dwindling and our support is waning, he is completely mistaken,” emphasised Baerbock. The Europeans have been standing by Ukraine for 2 years and can proceed to take action for so long as mandatory.

The query of how help for Ukraine can change into much more efficient additionally will depend on how intently France, Poland and Germany act collectively militarily within the subsequent few months – and if it involves that, within the subsequent few years.