German Foreign Minister arrives in Buka on her first official visit


This is the first visit by a member of the German government since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock, in Buka, right.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock, in Buka, right.Sergei VolskyAFP
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German Foreign Minister, Annalena Berbockarrived in Kyiv on Tuesday on an official visit, the first by a member of the German government since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bairbok first went to Butcha, near the Ukrainian capital, to ascertain the status of the city, where the bodies of several hundred civilians were found, killed in incidents that led to accusations of genocide against Russian soldiers. Was.

In that city, and in other areas around the Ukrainian capital, Amnesty International had condemned both a few days earlier. Commission of “war crimes” such as “unlawful use of force” Indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

Beerbock’s visit was kept secret, although the German Chancellor, Olaf ScholzoAdvanced last week that the minister will travel to Ukraine “soon”.

The minister is also scheduled to meet his counterpart Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba.

Although the visit to Beerbock is not the first time by a high-ranking German authority since last weekend, the Speaker of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Social Democrat Brabel Bass, traveled to Kyiv to attend the commemoration of the end of World War II. . and the surrender of the Third Reich.

The visit of Bass, who holds the second highest political office in the country after federal president, Frank Walter Steinmeier, came after talks between him and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, intention to settle Differences between Kyiv and Berlin.

Zelensky and Steinmeier had a telephone conversation on Thursday, with which their disagreement was settled. Its high point was an insult to the German president, who saw his intention to travel with his Polish and Baltic counterparts to the Ukrainian capital be disappointed when he was transferred from Kyiv, which was not welcome.

Steinmeier is identified with the hot line against Moscow Maintained for decades by successive German governments. He was Chancellor during two terms of the conservative Angela Merkel under his co-religionist, Social Democrat Gerhard Schrader, and then Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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