German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Arrives in Kyiv
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock arrived in Kyiv on Monday, September 11th. Her visit was not previously announced, likely for security reasons.
This was reported by DW.
"Ukraine also defends freedom and all of us with tremendous courage and determination. Just as Ukraine stands by us, it can also rely on us," she said upon arriving in Kyiv.
She added that the EU is currently preparing a decision to initiate negotiations on Ukraine's accession.
"The results of judicial reform (in Ukraine) and media legislation are already visible. Ahead is the implementation of the anti-oligarchic law and the fight against corruption," emphasized Baerbock.
In addition, the German Foreign Minister reminded that preparations for winter in Ukraine are in full swing, but "regardless of the season," Germany does not cease "to support Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression - economically, militarily, and humanitarianly."
Baerbock also addressed the issue of the forced deportation of children to Russia.
"We support organizations, the Ukrainian government, and non-governmental organizations working to bring abducted children back home. And to uncover these crimes. The indictment at the International Criminal Court is also an important contribution to this matter," emphasized Baerbock.
It is worth noting that this is the fourth visit by Annalena Baerbock to Ukraine. For example, the German Foreign Minister was in Kyiv in September 2022. Recall that last week, on September 6th, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Ukraine.
Blinken announced a new aid package to Ukraine worth $1 billion.
As reported by The Gaze, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock previously stated that Ukraine had turned to Western partners for assistance in acquiring equipment to clear minefields laid by Russian occupying forces during the counteroffensive.
She emphasized that mined Ukrainian territories cover an area almost equal to the size of West Germany.
Baerbock also supported drone strikes on military targets in Russia, stating that Kyiv's actions are in line with international law.