Germany, France and Poland team up to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (C), Polish President Andrzej Duda (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend a joint press conference prior to a Weimar Triangle meeting in Berlin, Germany, 08 February 2022. [EPA-EFE/THIBAULT CAMUS]

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met his French and Polish counterparts on Tuesday evening in the so-called Weimar Triangle to ensure a common approach on de-escalating the tense situation at the Ukrainian border.

“Our common goal is to prevent a war in Europe,” Scholz emphasised, adding that “our assessment of the situation here is very identical. And so are our stances.”

“We are all united by one goal – to maintain peace in Europe through diplomacy and by sending clear messages and a common willingness to act in unity,” Scholz stressed.

Both Scholz and Polish President Andrzej Duda called the meeting “historical” as the heads of state of the three countries have not met in the Weimar format in over eleven years. But the tense situation and Russia’s military build-up at the Ukrainian borders made the meeting necessary, Duda said.

The situation at the Ukrainian border is getting increasingly tense. On Monday, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said that he expects 30,000 additional Russian troops to be deployed soon in Belarus, the largest transfer since the end of the Cold War. The total number of Russian soldiers at the border is currently estimated to be around 130,000.

“This situation is the most difficult one since 1989,” Duda said. To avoid the outbreak of war in Europe, “we must find a solution,” Duda added.

The three countries stressed that it was crucially important to forge a common line among EU member states.

“We must defend the unity of Europeans and their allies,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.

“We need to show that we speak with one voice, that we are one community, that we and our will cannot be broken,” the Polish president stressed.

“This is one of the reasons for this meeting,” he concluded.

(Oliver Noyan | EURACTIV.de)

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