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POLITICO politico.eu 14 Jan, 2022 11:30 am

Ahead of Russia visit, Germany’s Baerbock insists talks can still succeed – POLITICO

Ahead of Russia visit, Germany’s Baerbock insists talks can still succeed – POLITICO
The German foreign minister insists it’s ‘very important’ to keep talking and plans to travel to Moscow on Tuesday.

, NATO and Russia over security concerns in Eastern Europe fell short of satisfying either western fears that Moscow might invade Ukraine or Kremlin demands that western allies roll back their presence in the region.Yet on Wednesday, NATO allies and Russia ended nearly four hours of security talks in a standoff, with Moscow refusing to remove its troops and the West flatly rejecting Russian demands that NATO halt any eastward expansion and withdraw its forces from Eastern Europe.German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Friday downplayed a breakdown of negotiations between Russia and the West and said she’s traveling to Moscow for new talks next week.“That’s why I’m also traveling to Moscow next week to hold talks at all the different levels.

Baerbock, however, said she will travel to Moscow next week to meet her Russian counterpart, Sergeĭ Lavrov.“Diplomacy, especially in times of crisis, is characterized by the fact that it requires a lot of perseverance, a lot of patience, and strong nerves,” Baerbock said.

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