German Foreign Minister says support for Ukraine will not waver


German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock speaks during the budget debate at the lower house of the Bundestag parliament in Berlin, Germany September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

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FRANKFURT, Sept 10 (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin’s support for Ukraine will not waver in the face of reduced Russian energy supplies as she arrived on Saturday for his second visit to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

“We will stand by Ukraine for as long as necessary,” Baerbock said in a statement, adding that German support would include weapons, as well as humanitarian and financial assistance.

In May, Baerbock became the first member of the German government to visit Kyiv since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls “a special military operation”.

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Germany, along with other European Union countries, is scrambling to support homes and industries burdened by another spike in energy prices after Russia cut off supplies through the Northern Gas Pipeline Stream 1.

“(Vladimir) Putin is counting on us, tired of our compassion for Ukraine’s suffering,” Baerbock said.

“This plan will not work and must not work because all of Europe knows that Ukraine defends our order of peace and security,” she added.

Baerbock, who is due to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba later on Saturday, said one of the purposes of his visit was to offer Ukraine assistance in clearing landmines left by Russian forces in the land. farms and buildings – a task she says could take decades.

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Reporting by Ludwig Burger and Alexander Ratz Editing by Alexander Smith and Helen Popper

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