The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba held talks with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Baerbock, who is visiting Ukraine for the first time since taking office.
The visit of the head of German diplomacy showed that Ukraine has unwavering support from the new German government against the background of Russia's aggressive actions.
Dmytro Kuleba noted that he was glad to welcome Annalena Baerbock to Kyiv on the day of the thirtieth anniversary of the re-establishing of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Germany.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy informed his German counterpart in detail about Russia's aggressive actions, the buildup of Russia's military troops near the state border and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
The Ministers discussed the dynamics of diplomatic efforts to resolve the international Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict. They agreed on the need to resume the effective work of the Normandy format as soon as possible and to hold a summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and the Russian Federation. The parties agreed to make every effort to bring Russia back to the negotiating table in the Normandy format and the Tripartite Contact Group.
Annalena Baerbock reaffirmed Germany's unequivocal support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, as well as its commitment to the No decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine principle.
Dmytro Kuleba expressed gratitude to Germany for its readiness to take co-leadership with Ukraine in one of the five key areas of the Crimean Platform and the consolidation of the policy of non-recognition: "This is a proof of the leadership position of German diplomacy. I hope it will remain the same in the future."
Germany will work with partners to consolidate international non-recognition of Russia's attempt to annex Crimea.
The Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Germany paid special attention to countering the threats of Nord Stream 2 and strengthening energy security in Europe, as well as building infrastructure for green energy and the development of alternative energy sources.
"Ukraine is into active development of renewable energy sector, in particular, it plans to become a key supplier of green hydrogen to the EU. We are strengthening our energy partnership with Germany and elaborating a number of major projects in the production and transportation of green hydrogen. This mutually beneficial cooperation will connect our economies and societies even more closely," Dmytro Kuleba said.
The Ministers agreed to intensify cooperation on issues of common historical memory in the spirit of equality and mutual respect. They also agreed to work together to develop ties between Ukrainian and German youth and introduce new Ukrainian-German educational projects.