A Prime Minister says...: Kretschmer's appeal meets with a lack of understanding at Baerbock

Why don't you talk to each other - Saxony's Prime Minister Kretschmer wants the West to do more diplomatic work in the direction of Russia.

A Prime Minister says...: Kretschmer's appeal meets with a lack of understanding at Baerbock

Why don't you talk to each other - Saxony's Prime Minister Kretschmer wants the West to do more diplomatic work in the direction of Russia. There was repeated verbal pressure on Putin from the EU and the federal government to initiate an end to the war.

Recent statements by Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer on the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine have caused irritation for Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. "The statements surprise me somewhat, because neither the German federal government nor any other country in Europe ever wanted war on this continent again," said Baerbock in Hanover at the "RND on site" event series of the editorial network Germany.

Germany and numerous other countries have repeatedly tried to stay in touch with Russia. "A Prime Minister says, 'Just talk,' even though the Chancellor has called the Russian President several times and the UN Secretary-General was in Moscow," said Baerbock.

Kretschmer had declared that Germany had to mediate in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and ensure "that this war is frozen." He stressed that the Russian war against Ukraine was a crime and that Ukraine should not give up its territory. But one must recognize that the war is throwing the entire world, and Europe in particular, into chaos. If it continues like this, there is a risk of losing the economic strength that is necessary to organize security and remain competitive.

With regard to Russian raw materials, the CDU politician also said: "I am firmly convinced that we need these raw material supplies." Regarding Kretschmer's statement that Germany must work to ensure that the war is "frozen," Baerbock said: "I don't know what that's supposed to mean."

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