BERLIN, May 15. /TASS/. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba thinks that his task is to deliver as many weapons as possible to Ukraine and attain the utmost sanctions against Russia. He expressed this in an interview with Bild published on Saturday.
"My goal is to supply Ukraine with as many weapons as possible, to initiate as many sanctions as possible against Russia and help as many Ukrainians who were forced to flee abroad as possible," he said.
Speaking of the possibility of reaching a ceasefire agreement with Russia, he noted that he does not see "anything bad in an armistice if it becomes the first step to the solution leading to the liberation of Ukrainian soil." "We won’t agree to the alienation of a part of [Ukraine’s] territory. We are ready for diplomacy but we won’t let it simply extend our suffering and simply put off the next phase of a war," he asserted.
The Ukrainian top diplomat expressed regrets that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz did not allot much time to their meeting during his visit to Berlin. "I appreciate gestures. Yet at the same time I have to reiterate that President Zelensky arranged an official meeting for Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock," he said.
Baerbock was the first representative of the German cabinet to visit Ukraine since the onset of Russia’s special military operation. She came there on May 10. In mid-April, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wanted to visit Kiev yet Ukraine’s authorities canceled the visit citing his allegedly close ties with Russia. This move was criticized in Germany, while Scholz admitted that he was not yet going to visit Kiev precisely over this incident with the German president.