Surprise visit to Ukraine by the head of German diplomacy

(Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to Kharkov, a city in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia, promising additional arms deliveries to Kyiv as well as ” concrete offers” with a view to joining the European Union.

In a statement ahead of a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart, Annalena Baerbock expressed Germany’s solidarity with Ukrainians facing the Russian invasion and harsh winter conditions.

She described the city of Kharkov as “a symbol of the absolute insanity of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine”, with the “endless suffering” of the population, mainly in the east of the country.

The head of German diplomacy promised that Kyiv would receive additional arms deliveries, without specifying which ones, while Berlin announced last week the dispatch of Marder infantry vehicles but still seems reluctant to deliver tanks. assault.

His Ukrainian counterpart, Dmitro Kouleba, reiterated the request for tanks, assuring during a press conference that he had no doubts that Germany would eventually supply Kyiv with Leopard 2 tanks.

Annalena Baerbock also said that it was important not to lose sight of Ukraine’s place in Europe, and the country’s desire to join the EU.

“We want, as a government, to make very concrete offers to Ukraine in order to move forward on strengthening the rule of law, the independence of institutions and the fight against corruption, as well as alignment with the EU standards,” she said.

(Report Alexander Ratz, with Dan Peleschuk; French version Jean Terzian, edited by Sophie Louet)

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