A source in the German delegation said German Foreign Minister Annallina Barbock had an “open and friendly conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Dutch Foreign Minister Hoekstra.”
The media was told: “The conversation focused on assistance to Ukraine in the military and reconstruction sphere, as well as how to solve the much-needed blockade of global food exports from Ukraine.”
German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock announced during a visit to Kyiv on Tuesday that Germany would start reopening its embassy in Ukraine.
Barbuk said that the embassy will start operating in a limited capacity, and the German ambassador in Kyiv, Anka Feldusen, will be the German representative in Kyiv again.
In her remarks, the foreign minister also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had fallen victim to self-deception.
He believed that our European values of freedom and humanity, make us decadent and weak. The Ukrainians have proven that, in fact, the opposite is true. “Your will for freedom makes you strong,” Barbock said.
And knowing that you are fighting for your humanity against an army that knows nothing but ridicule and terror. That is why your struggle represents a turning point in the global dispute between liberal democracy and authoritarian regimes.”
Barbuk also visited Babin Yar, a historic site in Ukraine where massacres were perpetrated by Nazi forces during World War II. In March, Russian missiles landed near the memorial on the northern edge of Kyiv, which commemorates the site where more than 33,000 Jews were shot dead in 1941.
Zelensky, who is Jewish, tweeted at the time that the Russian attack “repeated history.”
CNN’s Zahid Mahmoud contributed reporting for this post.
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