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Those who know them say that the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, They speak, on common, each two days. Many of these contacts should not in particular person. Others, head to head, like this Friday in Berlin, are of larger significance. Especially when variations emerge between each leaders concerning the way to assist Ukraine within the face of the brutal Russian invasion that has been ongoing for 2 years.

This Friday, when Scholz receives Macron and the Prime Minister on the Federal Chancellery Donald Tuskon this 12 months's first assembly of the trilateral format referred to as “Weimar Triangle”, the leaders of the three nations had in thoughts to indicate unity. It was what they devoted their communication efforts to within the assertion made by Scholz, Macron and Tusk after their assembly.

“We are infallibly and resolutely on the side of Ukraine, we have said it from the beginning and we will be so as long as necessary,” mentioned the chancellor, along with the French president and the Polish prime minister. “We will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes. so that Russia cannot win this war,” mentioned Macron, who sounded in a tone similar to that of the chancellor.

Scholz, Macron and Tusk spoke this Friday about the way to “strengthen their support for Ukraine.” To do that, in response to the chancellor, the leaders of the Weimar triangle agreed to think about as priorities “providing more weapons to Ukraine by acquiring them on the international market”“we will develop the production of military equipment in collaboration with partners in Ukraine and, within the framework of the Rammstein meetings, we will form a new coalition of capabilities for long-range rocket artillery systems.”

Establishing these priorities served Scholz to ascertain that from Berlin he was sending a message of unity to the world, and particularly to Ukraine. “Our unity is our strength. Ukrainians can trust us“, in response to the chancellor. Although this “unity” was displayed this Friday, concord isn’t what has characterised the previous couple of days in German-French and even German-Polish relations.

This Friday, in what was the primary assembly of the Weimar triangle, Scholz and Macron needed to set up some order. After each confirmed opinions final month divergent views on the eventual presence of NATO troops on Ukrainian soilOn Thursday evening, Macron spoke once more a few matter that appears to frighten the chancellor as a lot as the thought of ​​placing the Taurus missiles in Ukraine's arms.

Macron mentioned in that interview “not to exclude any option” when requested about the opportunity of French troopers going to assist Ukraine. “Today to have peace in Ukraine we do not have to be weak, we have to look at the situation with lucidity and say with determination, will and courage that we are ready to provide the means to achieve our objective, which is that Russia does not win,” Macron defined. .

From Poland, Macron has obtained assist. And a lot. The Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, has identified that “the presence of NATO forces in Ukraine is not unthinkable”, because the query isn’t that “Putin should be afraid of us, but that we should not fear Putin.”

TO THE WORLD, Kai Olaf-Lang, an knowledgeable on European points on the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), explains that between Poland and France “a rapprochement is taking place”whereas, in Germany, “Scholz remains faithful to the strategic identity of containment” that has at all times characterised Teutonic overseas motion.

In his understanding, this Friday's assembly was a gathering of the “Weimar Security Triangle”, in response to Lang, in view of the related and tough state of affairs of the Ukrainian resistance towards the Russian invasion, the risk from Russia and the geopolitical uncertainties that it generates. a attainable return of Donald Trump to the White House because the forty seventh president of the United States.

Germany, France and Poland are the three EU nations which have devoted probably the most help to the nation of Volodymyr Zelensky because the Russian invasion started. For this motive, Scholz mentioned this Friday that this trio of European nations has “a special responsibility” in direction of Ukraine. Neither Macron, nor Tusk, nor anybody within the EU can disagree with the chancellor on this.