Support for Ukraine is actually an investment in peace in Europe, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at the European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
Baerbock made a statement before the informal European Union Foreign Ministers Meeting held in Spain’s Toledo, and stated that Europeans have been underlining that the future of Ukraine is the EU for 18 months.
The German Foreign Minister said that for 18 months now they had been supporting Ukraine not only in its right to self-defense and in rebuilding everything that Russian President Vladimir Putin had destroyed but also in supporting the country on its path to the EU.
"We need to remember every day that we are investing in peace here in Europe. What is the cost if we don't do that today? That is why this support is necessary and important," Baerbock said.
"It is our responsibility to think again and again how we can more effectively and better coordinate our support to Ukraine," she added.
Referring to the situation in Niger, German Minister said that countries in the Sahel region and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had shown them that "when a democracy is destroyed by a coup d'état, no democracy in the world can ignore it".
Baerbock said that for this reason, the foreign ministers of EU countries are in constant contact with ECOWAS and emphasized that Germany, in particular, is working towards the immediate implementation of sanctions (against the military regime in Niger).
"Those who believe in freedom, the rule of law, and democracy stand together when they need each other," Baerbock said, adding that it was important to increase and develop cooperation between the EU and ECOWAS in the coming months.
Source: Anadolu Agency