Participants were of the opinion that it was Russia’s responsibility to make visible visible initiatives for expansion, and a spokesman for German Chancellor Olaf Scholes noted that at the end of the meeting, the latter were particularly involved. With leaders from the United States, France, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.
The announcement of the video conference by the White House came at a time when there were some differences in the approach to dealing with Russia within the Western camp.
This is particularly worrying in Berlin, which, unlike the United States, Great Britain or the Baltic states, has been particularly heavily criticized by Ukraine for refusing to provide defensive weapons.
Similarly, EU countries have not yet ordered the withdrawal of a section of their diplomatic staff from Ukraine, while Washington and London have issued notices.
During their video conference, which was also attended by the Secretary-General of NATO, Western leaders expressed their “great concern” over the reunification of Russian troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and accused Moscow of being the source of “current tensions.” Newsletter from Berlin.
Nevertheless, they felt that “the issue of security and stability in Europe could be resolved through negotiations.”
Several meetings between Western and Russian officials were held in January to “reaffirm their readiness to pursue diplomatic efforts in this direction.” However so far no visible success.
The leaders noted the so-called Normandy-style debates that bring together representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.