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Baerbock needs to extend help to Ukraine – discussions about EU accession are to start

President Zelenskyj (l) thanked Minister Annalena Baerbock for German support in Ukraine during her visit to Kiev President Zelenskyj (l) thanked Minister Annalena Baerbock for German support in Ukraine during her visit to Kiev

President Zelenskyj (l) thanked Minister Annalena Baerbock for German assist in Ukraine throughout her go to to Kiev


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President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has introduced that Russian occupiers are presently being “destroyed” within the Kharkiv area. During her go to to Kyiv, Foreign Minister Baerbock pledged assist for a plan by Defense Minister Boris Pistorius – help to Ukraine is to be elevated.

Dhe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has described the scenario on the entrance in jap Ukraine within the Donetsk area as extraordinarily tough. In the instructions of Kramatorsk, Kurakhove and Pokrovsk within the Donetsk area there may be essentially the most preventing of all, Zelensky stated in his video message distributed in Kiev on Tuesday night. On the opposite hand, within the Kharkiv area, the Ukrainian armed forces managed to “destroy” the occupiers. There are “tangible results” within the northeast area.

Meanwhile, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock from the Greens stated in an interview with the “Bild” newspaper that she strongly helps the calls for of Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD). This requires help to Ukraine to be elevated by 3.8 billion euros this yr.

“I completely agree with the Defense Minister on this. And not just with him, also with the Interior Minister,” stated Baerbock within the interview in Kiev. “We need a security budget.” “Our European peace order, our European continent” has by no means been challenged so immediately “on our doorstep.” Nobody could possibly be chargeable for saying: “At that time we were not prepared to spend billions more for peace. And that led to this Russian war of aggression spreading across Europe.”

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Meanwhile, efforts to get Ukraine to hitch the European Union are gaining momentum. On Tuesday night, after a ministerial assembly in Brussels, the present Belgian EU Council Presidency clearly emphasised that it’s working in the direction of holding a primary convention of negotiating delegations by the tip of June.

“We are doing our utmost to reach an agreement,” stated Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib. It is feasible that negotiations will begin within the subsequent 40 days. EU members are anticipated to resolve on a potential begin to talks after the European elections in June.

Before accession talks can start, the EU states should unanimously approve so-called negotiating frameworks. These set up pointers and rules for the accession talks with every candidate nation. At the identical time, nevertheless, it was agreed that each one reform necessities have to be met earlier than negotiations can start. According to the final written fee report, some reforms in Ukraine to fight corruption, shield minorities and management the affect of oligarchs had not been totally carried out.

“Not sometime in the summer”

In his every day video message, Zelensky continued that the Western allies had been knowledgeable once more of the pressing necessities for the protection in opposition to the Russian invasion at a gathering within the so-called Ramstein format, led by the USA. Ukraine wants anti-aircraft defenses, tank expertise and artillery shells. Zelensky stated that he was grateful to each state and companion for his or her assist. But the funds should come now, in these weeks – “and not sometime in the summer.”

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The President as soon as once more met the Federal Foreign Minister and the Green Foreign Minister Baerbock in Kiev on Tuesday. “I thanked her for all the support – Germany is one of our most important partners in the security and political areas and in the context of our European integration.”

Germany understands that the precise EU accession negotiations for Ukraine should start in June, stated Zelensky. But that's not a achieved deal.


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Zelenskyj knowledgeable a couple of “diplomatic marathon”, talks with international colleagues and the preparation of the peace summit in Switzerland on June fifteenth and sixteenth. At the assembly with heads of state and authorities from everywhere in the world, he says he needs to set the course for a simply peace with Russia.

The purpose is to implement his peace system, stated Zelensky. The system's core demand is that Moscow withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territories. Russia, which began the conflict on February 24, 2022, is just not invited to the convention and criticized the Zelensky system as “out of touch with reality”.