Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's telephone conversation with German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock
14 December 2021 18:09
On December 14, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock at her initiative. This was Mr Lavrov's first contact with his German colleague after her appointment as Foreign Minister of Germany on December 8, 2021.
Mr Lavrov congratulated Ms Baerbock on her appointment and expressed hope for maintaining the tradition of regular constructive contacts between the foreign ministries of the two countries.
The foreign ministers focused on the exchange of views on the status and prospects for developing bilateral relations after the elections in both countries. The Russian diplomat emphasised the desire to develop a dialogue with the new German government that would promote bilateral cooperation for the benefit of both nations and in the interests of ensuring security and stability in the pan-European and global dimensions.
During the discussion of current international issues, Mr Lavrov underscored the need to give Russia security guarantees in the form of legal commitments on NATO's renunciation of its eastward expansion and establishing military infrastructure near Russian borders. The new German foreign minister received a detailed explanation on the lack of any alternative to the Minsk agreements on settling Ukraine's domestic crisis and their implementation by Kiev. Mr Lavrov also emphasised the significance of the influence that Germany can have on the Ukrainian authorities as a participant in the Normandy format.
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