German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has clearly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for his actions in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin had recognized the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states and announced that it would send troops.
"With Absolute Contempt"
"The Russian President is trying to turn back the wheel of history in eastern Ukraine at the expense of his neighbors: with power, with the military, with absolute contempt for everything that makes up the legal and peaceful order in Europe," said Baerbock.
Her French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said he didn't know if anyone could answer the question of whether one could take Putin's word for it. Baerbock was even clearer:
"Obviously, if you said A a week ago and now you do the opposite, then you didn't tell the truth, or in German: you lied. And nonetheless, the Russian President is the Russian President who does the made the decision to act completely against international law, to disregard international law," explained the German Foreign Minister.
Continued for OSCE deployment
At the same time, Baerbock spoke out in favor of continuing the work of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, which is monitoring the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine. Baerbock: "As Europeans, we underlined yesterday in the Council just as clearly as we did with the sanctions that we will continue to support this mission."
The OSCE recently recorded numerous combat operations in eastern Ukraine. In the Luhansk region alone, 1,224 ceasefire violations were reported.