Ukraine diplomacy: who speaks where with whom?


Status: 07.02.2022 07:01 a.m

The crisis in Ukraine is the focus of several political talks today. Who talks to whom to mediate and find solutions? And when and where will the talks take place? An overview.

Scholz with Biden in the White House

Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets US President Joe Biden in Washington to talk to him primarily about the Ukraine crisis. It is also the Chancellor’s inaugural visit to the White House. In the USA, as in Eastern European countries, there is criticism of Germany’s position in the crisis. Scholz is accused of not putting enough pressure on Russia in the Ukraine crisis.

Doubts have also been raised in the USA as to whether Germany can be counted on in an emergency. Shortly before his departure, Scholz made it clear again that the federal government is sticking to its line of not delivering weapons to crisis areas like Ukraine.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7.30pm CET. Afterwards, Scholz and Biden will hold a joint press conference.

Baerbock in Kiev: Conversations with Selenskyj and Kuleba

In the late morning, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock traveled to Kiev for the second time in three weeks to mediate in the crisis between Russia and Ukraine. The Green politician wants to meet Head of State Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in the Ukrainian capital.

Baerbock had spoken to both of them on January 17th. It is eagerly awaited what she will say about the latest Ukrainian list of weapon requests. The federal government has so far strictly rejected such deliveries to crisis areas.

A joint press conference by Baerbock and Kulebe is planned for the afternoon (4:25 p.m. CET).

French President Macron meets Putin in Moscow

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Both had already had three crisis talks on the phone in the past few days. France currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

From the Élysée Palace it was said in advance that it was about a uniform, coordinated announcement to Moscow with clearly defined consequences in the event of aggression. A press conference is also planned for this afterwards.

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