Statement by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock prior to her departure for the Weimar Triangle meeting in Łódź

01.03.2022 - Press release

During its most sombre hours, Europe stands as one – and is more united than many would have thought. With his war of aggression, Putin has demonstrated he no longer respects any rules. That is why, today, whether we are united or not has become a question of survival for Europe.

Poland, France and Germany joining ranks is so important for Europe not because we are so similar – to the contrary; precisely by bringing different perspectives to the table on many issues, we can maintain cohesion in Europe and move it forward. When our three countries pull in the same direction – as they are doing now regarding support for Ukraine – then Europe is united in purpose. That is why this is an opportune moment to continue with our work in the Weimar Triangle.

Our solidarity with Ukraine is evident not only in hastily convened video calls and night-time emergency meetings in Brussels, in financial support and the provision of materiel and weapons. It is on full display on the streets and squares of Europe, where hundreds of thousands are loudly expressing their sympathy, their sorrow and also their anger.


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