This year’s Berlin Foreign Policy Forum focused on the impact of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. In addition to Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, the guests included her Estonian counterpart, Urmas Reinsalu.
“Solidarity in Europe is Europe’s answer to this war,” Baerbock stressed in her speech to the Forum. “Together we are stronger than this war,” she said. She underlined that Germany will defend every inch of NATO Allied territory. “We are here for you” was her message to people in central and eastern Europe and in the Baltic states. “The Baltic States’ and eastern Europe’s security is Germany’s security,” she emphasised.
Germany will continue to support Ukraine intensively, including with weapons. “We are not only supplying Ukraine with armaments in order to save lives, but, I hope, also to demonstrate our trust and solidarity.”
A comprehensive security concept ‒ the resilience of our societies
In her speech, the Foreign Minister also stressed how important it is to prevent one‑sided economic dependencies. This was a lesson from the mistakes of the policy on Russia in recent years. Baerbock announced that the resilience of our economies and societies will be addressed in the National Security Strategy.