Against the backdrop of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, German Foreign Minister Annallina Barbock (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) meets with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow today.
In light of bilateral disputes between Berlin and Moscow, the inaugural visit of Europe’s longest-serving foreign minister is likely to be a kind of acid test for the green politician. Relations between Moscow and Berlin are currently at their lowest point.
Before meeting Lavrov, Barbuk was a guest in Kiev. In the Ukrainian capital, she consulted with President Volodymyr Zelensky and her counterpart Dmytro Kuleba. A visit to Moscow is difficult due to various inconsistencies: since taking office on December 8, Barbuk may not have completed this difficult journey at all.
After Georgi was murdered in Berlin in August 2019, a court indicted Russia and accused Moscow of “state terrorism”. Both countries have expelled each other’s diplomats. Germany also blames Russia for hacker attacks on the Bundestag in 2015 and an attack on Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny using the internationally banned chemical warfare agent Novichok.
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