Defense Ministry: Germany "sees threat" in relations between Russia and Ukraine

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Germany "understands the fear of Russia that the Poles and the Balts have," said former German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen. The Minister stressed that "the doors to Europe are still open, and Russia has an opportunity to return to the negotiating table."

German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen said that Germany sees a threat in relations between Russia and Ukraine.

"We see a threat in what is happening between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. We still remember how Germany was divided by the Iron Curtain a few decades ago. So, we fulfill the decisions of the NATO summit with deep confidence," said von der Leyen in an interview with the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.

On Friday, von der Leyen met with her colleagues from Poland and Denmark in Szczecin, Poland, where NATO is based. Before the meeting, the Minister commented on the question of a journalist saying that Germany "understands the fear of Russia that the Poles and the Balts have."

"That is why I emphasize that your concerns are our concerns as well. And we are undoubtedly on your side," said von der Leyen, adding that in case of a military conflict, Germany will defend Poland together with NATO."

At the same time, the Minister stressed that "the doors to Europe are still open, and Russia has an opportunity to return to the negotiating table."

Last April, the Ukrainian authorities launched military operation in Donbass against those dissatisfied with the coup. According to the latest UN estimates, more than 6,000 people suffered from the conflict. The West accused Russia of interfering with the affairs of Ukraine. Moscow repeatedly stated that it wasn`t involved in the events in the south-east of Ukraine, wasn`t a party to the internal conflict and was interested in Ukraine to overcome the political and economic crisis. Moscow noted that all the charges for interfering with the Ukrainian crisis made against it weren`t supported by proof.

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