If there is the possibility of aliens existing in our Galaxy, they would be laughing at us in this moment, because they would observe how incapable we are of stopping all ridiculous things that are happening including wars we are waging #mythread
on #Russia #Ukraine #USA
#EU 1/1
#Baerbock calls for stable relations with #Russia but sees fundamental differences in frosty meeting with #Lavrov, stating Russian troop presence near #Ukraine had “no understandable reason” #Psaki says Russia could launch an attack in Ukraine “at any time”. 1/2
Baerbock opened dialogue by suggesting there is "no alternative to stable relations btw Moscow & Berlin”, confirming that she and the federal government want to continue to work on that. #FAZ 1/3
#Baerbock, and Chancellor #Scholz, who received #NATO Secretary General Jens #Stoltenberg in Berlin, said Germany was ready for “serious dialogue” on security with #Russia. #LeFigaro 1/4
#Baerbock:Russian troops' buildup had "no understandable reason""hard not to take it as threat." "No security in our joint European home if there are no rules everyone can rely on”“no choice but to follow them, even if there is a high economic price" that's about sanctions DW 1/5
#Baerbock stressed Germany was “very interested in stable relations" with Russia, but emphasised the "major, sometimes fundamental, differences of opinion". She also stressed the importance of “breathing life” back into the #Normandy format. #DieWelt 1/6
#Lavrov rejected calls for a reduction of troops on the border, but did not dispute the fundamental right for every state to join #NATO. Lavrov said it was "unacceptable" to portray #Russia as a warring party in Ukraine. 1/6
#Polish #Dziennik: State-owned TVP Info denounces the FM’s comments about “enormous potential for cooperation” with Russia. #Kuczyński: “Russia may be about to start a war in Europe. Is Annalena Baerbock an idiot? Lavrov eats people like her for breakfast”1/7
#Austria, #DiePresse reports that #Baerbock “did not achieve much in Moscow”, while #DerStandard reports that in principle Moscow stuck to its security demands, but a shift in tone from Russia meant they no longer sounded as ultimate as they did before the turn of the year. 1/8
Wow great information...no secret anymore...#DieWelt:even after the German government's “clear no” to arms deliveries to #Ukraine, Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin Andriy Melnyk told DPA his country is hoping #Germany will defend against a possible Russian attack. 1/9
Ukrainian Ambassador sending strict confidential info in his country, #German press reporting on it:"It's primarily about #German warships, which are among the best in the world, which we urgently need for the robust defence of the long coast in the Black and Azov Seas” 1/10
Chancellor #Scholz meeting with NATO #Stoltenberg in Berlin, after which he confirmed the federal government would stand by #German-American agreement on the possibility of ending Nord Stream 2 as a possible sanction against Russia in the event of an attack on Ukraine. 1/11
#Politico says #Scholz indicated that the government would discuss halting the gas pipeline #NordStream2 as part of the "severe economic costs" #Russia would face for aggression towards #Ukraine 1/12
#Bloomberg: #Baerbock made clear to Moscow: #NordStream2 pipeline would be a target for retaliation. #Lavrov contended it was "counterproductive" to politicise the pipeline, which he said was a commercial project aimed at securing energy supplies for #Germany & #EU 1/13
#LeMonde: #Russia has begun moving an unknown number of troops to Belarus for a joint military exercise due to take place in mid-February. Part of this is "repelling a foreign attack", according to Russian Deputy Defence Minister Fomin. 1/14
#NYT reports on an exodus of Russian diplomats from Kyiv, which has left security officials puzzling over what Moscow’s next move might be. 1/14
Turkish PM #Erdogan on Tuesday urged #Russia not to “invade” #Ukraine stating Russia should “re-examine the global situation and its own situation”. #Anadolu agency 1/14
US sources are reported as saying that the US “wants peace”& that significant diplomatic progress can only occur in an environment of de-escalation. US #Blinken is reported to have told #Lavrov of the US’ unwavering support for Ukrainian sovereignty. 1/15
#FAZ notes that #Russian government criticised Britain’s sale of arms to #Ukraine as “extremely dangerous”. A spokesman in Moscow said the #British action "does not contribute to reducing tensions”. 1/16
Friday in Geneva! #Blinken will meet #Lavrov to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and visit Kyiv & Berlin to coordinate next steps with #Ukrainian leadership & allies in EU. US would not take any decision on #NATO or #Ukraine without being in agreement with its partners. /17

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