Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Brussels on Friday (27 April) to attend the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. In particular, the Foreign Ministers discussed strategies for dealing with Russia. Other items on the agenda included the NATO mission in Afghanistan and the fight against the so-called Islamic State.
Conflict resolution only possible with Russia
Germany wants NATO to stick to its dual-track approach to Russia. Alongside the collective defence effort and a clear common language, a willingness to engage in dialogue and ensure transparency is crucial. “Only with Russia will it be possible to find political solutions to conflicts like the one in Syria,” Foreign Minister Maas said on Friday.
Meeting with US Secretary of State Pompeo
In Brussels, Maas met the new US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who had set off for the conference in Brussels immediately after being sworn in. “We had a very good, constructive conversation,” said Maas. Together with British Foreign Secretary Johnson and a representative of France, he had urged Pompeo not to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran, the Minister said.