In the idyllic Ostholstein of Schleswig-Holstein, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, the Foreign Ministers of the G7 Group (France, Germany, USA, Japan, Italy, Canada, Great Britain) meet from today until Saturday, with central issues on the agenda. the war in Ukraine, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 3,500 police officers have taken over the meeting, implementing particularly strict security measures within a radius of 2.5 km, and Drones flight has been banned to a radius of 9 km until this morning, no protest rally was reported to the police. anyway isolated area of the seaside luxury hotel “Weissenhaus”, with 110 suites and two kilometers of private beach, where ministers will meet. A 2.5 meter high barbed wire fence has been erected around the 75 acres of the resort and the traffic in the surrounding streets is expected to be interrupted from time to time.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who is already in Germany, has been invited to attend the meeting. Speaking earlier today after his meeting with Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Lars Klingbail and the leader of the K.O. of SPD Rolf Mutsenich, Mr. Kuleba reiterated his country’s request for membership in the European Union. “The EU needs Ukraine as much as Ukraine needs the EU,” he said, noting that for his government, granting candidate status is of paramount importance, and he expressed the belief that this is what public opinion in both countries wants. . “We are in a phase where we are writing history with our own hands,” he said. Mr Klingbail spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was important for Ukraine.
Referring to the SPD’s policy towards Russia in the past, the Ukrainian minister spoke of “history” and noted that Chancellor Olaf Solz has now reversed Germany’s refusal to surrender arms and previous energy policy. “I know it is not easy to make such decisions and it is a sign of courage and strength,” he said, referring to past mistakes made by both the SPD and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.