German foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) is flown early Friday to Moscow to speak with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on nuclear weapons, the Ukraine crisis and the war in Syria.
He arrived in the Morning in Moscow. On the same day in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev, where he wants the outside to meet Minister Pavel Klimkin.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine had intensified recently, after the Russian coast had stopped to watch at the end of November, close to the annexed Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea, a Ukrainian ship and several sailors. In Eastern Ukraine Pro-Russian separatists have been fighting for years, and government troops against each other. Germany tries to mediate in the conflict.
Another theme of the dispute between the United States and Russia on the prohibition of the atomic medium will be distance weapons. U.S. President Donald Trump accuses Moscow of violating the so-called INF Treaty, and wants the contract to 2. February cancel. The probability that it comes to a solution to the dispute, is extremely low. Moscow accused Vice versa, the United States and accuses Washington of ignoring Moscow’s proposals for a solution.
“With the INF Treaty is a Central set of rules for the security of Europe in danger,” said Maas before departure. He has already been warned several times before a new spiral of Arms race and opposition to the stationing of new nuclear medium-range announced missiles in Europe.
Lavrov and Maas also want to talk about the peace efforts in Syria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had participated in the autumn for the first time at a summit meeting on Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The formation of a constitutional Commission was guided, in ways, a first step to a political solution to the years-long conflict in Syria.
the Nord Stream Baltic sea pipeline 2 could come to the language. Threats of sanctions by the United States against the participating German companies had recently caused quite a stir. Maas made it clear before his departure, however, is that the pipeline no longer had to stop in order to. “Nobody will prevent it,” he said on Thursday evening during the “politics-Talk” of the German press Agency in Berlin.
the punitive measures the United States could lead to the exit of participating companies, including German companies. “It would not, however, lead to the fact that the project is not done.” Russia would implement it on its own and would have no influence on a continuation of the gas transit through Ukraine.
critics of the project fear that Russia would after a completion of the Nord Stream 2 Gas through the Ukraine and the neighboring country in order for fees to transit is lost. The position of the transit is currently under negotiation but with the participation of the European Union. This is “everything is void if there are sanctions, and this Pipeline will be built by the Russians alone,” said Maas.
Nord Stream 2 is intended to transport natural gas directly from Russia via the Baltic sea to Germany. Several German companies are involved in the project. The construction of the 1200-kilometre-long route is already in progress, almost a third of the line is already laid. The United States and several Eastern EU States are trying to stop the project anyway.