News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
23 July 2014
The chief of Germany’s Foreign Ministry was invited to speak at the MFA Ambassadors’ Conference, which began in Warsaw on 21 July.
“Unfortunately our conference takes place when there is a crisis in Ukraine, of which we spoke in Brussels yesterday,” said Minister Sikorski. “Poland and Germany sought to make the EU effective in its dialogue with Russia after the crisis in Ukraine ends,” he added. The minister also noted that a ceasefire “must lead to Ukraine regaining control over its territory, to respect for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.”
“The annexation of Ukraine is a violation of international law and as such is unacceptable to any European,” underscored Minister Steinmeier. He expressed the hope that “Russia would return to the path of responsible politics.” “We want to gradually increase pressure on Russia, but we cannot fall into automatism,” said Germany’s top diplomat.
Ministers Sikorski and Steinmeier emphasized that the Weimar Triangle proved effective and led to positive cooperation at the crucial moment of drafting an agreement between President Yanukovych and the opposition, among other things. “Today we have used the opportunity to discuss what we can do in the future,” said Minister Steinmeier.
In his address to the chiefs of Polish diplomatic missions at the Ambassadors’ Conference, Frank-Walter Steinmeier outlined the main priorities of Germany’s foreign policy. Together with Minister Radosław Sikorski he took part in a debate on the place and role of Germany in the European Union – current challenges, problems and solutions. In an open discussion , the ministers addressed current developments in Ukraine. Crisis management in diplomacy and the effectiveness of the European External Action Service were also topics raised during the discussion
The ministers also held a direct discussion on the Ukrainian crisis, the Eastern Partnership, energy issues, as well as the most important themes in bilateral relations.
MFA Press Office