16 April 2024,   09:31
Baerbock tells Russia’s Lavrov to end Ukraine war “now”

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called out her Russian counterpart at a high-level foreign ministers’ meeting, saying Russia ought to end the war in Ukraine, writes DW.

“If you care about human lives, if you care about your own people, Russian children and young people, you must end this war now”, the German top diplomat told Sergey Lavrov.

The two were seated at the same table as they participated in a foreign ministers’ meeting of the world"s 20 richest economies, dubbed the Group of 20 or G20.

Baerbock said Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, soon approaching its second anniversary on February 24 was “more than a regional conflict”.

The Russian war of aggression, she said, “challenges us all to resolutely defend the fundamental principles that protect us all in the United Nations Charter, international law and human rights. These principles protect all nations, no matter how big or small”.