Consultations with Poland and Russia

Foreign Minister Westerwelle had invited his Polish and Russian counterparts to Berlin to engage in a “trialogue” on 21 March. The talks he held with Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov focused on joint projects, EU Russian relations and international issues such as the situation in Syria.

The German-Polish-Russian trialogue is intended to create confidence and encourage even closer networking among the societies of the three countries. Above all, this is to be achieved through practical cooperation projects. At their first meeting in Kaliningrad in May 2011, the three Foreign Ministers laid the foundation for progress in local cross-border traffic between Kaliningrad and north-eastern Poland. In Berlin they talked about “the need to integrate Kaliningrad into its neighbourhood even more closely”, according to Westerwelle.

The Ministers agreed on five areas in which they wish to intensify cooperation: 1. youth exchanges and closer networking among their societies; 2. transport, logistics and infrastructure; 3. energy; 4. business and 5. further trilateral projects. This includes implementing the OSCE’s initiative to develop a security community. An international expert conference was held in Berlin yesterday to discuss this topic. Russia, Poland and Germany are also closely cooperating on issues concerning their shared past. Historians from the three countries have organized conferences on this issue. This collaboration is to be continued in the future.

International issues

Informal talks

Informal talks
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Informal talks

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The situation in Syria was one of the important international issues on the Foreign Ministers’ agenda. “We all agree that everything possible must be done to bring the terrible violence to an end and to ensure humanitarian aid organizations can access the country,” Westerwelle emphasized. He went on to say that Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League’s Joint Special Envoy, had to be supported in his efforts. On 21 March, the UN Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement on Syria. Foreign Minister Westerwelle called this a “necessary step forward”.

The German-Polish-Russian trialogue was created in 2009. The first time Foreign Ministers Westerwelle, Sikorski and Lavrov convened for the ministerial trialogue was in Kaliningrad, Russia, on 21 May 2011.

Last updated 21.03.2012

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