Germany warns of dangers of new arms race with Russia as conflict in Ukraine intensifies

Sigmar Gabriel meeting Vladimir Putin

Sigmar Gabriel made his first visit to Moscow as Foreign Minister [Getty]


GERMANY’S foreign minister has warned of the dangers of engaging in a new arms race with Russia, calling on all sides to work together to end the violence in eastern Ukraine.

Sigmar Gabriel has used his first visit to Moscow as foreign minister to underscore his concerns about Russia’s military buildup in the Baltic region and its western borders.

He also expressed concerns about the conflict’s resulting “exorbitant military spending increases”.

Following a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Mr Gabriel told reporters that both parties had agreed to continue a four-way dialogue between Germany, France, Russia and the Ukraine with a view to put the Minsk peace process into effect.

The conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine has stepped up in recent weeks.

The violence has already left more than 10,000 people dead.

While Mr Gabriel did not address Russia’s stationing of ballistic nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, he told Russian news agency Interfax that any move by Moscow to make them a permanent feature would be seen as “a blow to European security.”

Full article: Germany warns of dangers of new arms race with Russia as conflict in Ukraine intensifies (Express)

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