Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba stated that his task was to deliver as many weapons as possible to Ukraine and achieve the maximum tightening of sanctions against Russia. He stated this in an interview published on May 14 with the newspaper Bild.
“My task is to bring as many weapons to Ukraine as possible, initiate as many sanctions against Russia as possible and help as many Ukrainians as possible who were forced to flee abroad,” said Kuleba, quoted in German.
Speaking about the chances of reaching a ceasefire agreement with the Russian Federation, he noted that he sees “nothing wrong with a truce if it becomes the first step towards a solution that will lead to the liberation of Ukrainian territory.”
“We will not go for the alienation of part of the territory [Украины]. We are ready for diplomacy, but we will not allow it to simply prolong our suffering and only delay the next phase of the war,” Kuleba argued.
The Foreign Minister expressed regret that the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz I devoted little time to communicating with him during my visit to Berlin.
“I appreciate gestures. But at the same time, I must remind you that the president [Украины Владимир] Zelensky arranged an official meeting for the German foreign minister Annalen Burbock“, Kuleba said.
Burbock was the first in the German Cabinet to visit Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s special military operation. She visited there on 10 May. In mid-April, the President of Germany wanted to come to Kyiv Frank-Walter Steinmeier, but the Ukrainian authorities canceled the reception, citing his allegedly close ties with the Russian Federation. This caused criticism in Germany, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz admitted that he was not going to go to Kyiv just because of the story with the president.