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Germany and Ukraine Set to Sign Security Cooperation Agreement at Munich Security Conference

Germany and Ukraine are reportedly finalizing a security cooperation agreement, with plans to officially seal the deal at the upcoming Munich Security Conference scheduled from February 16 to 18. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing anonymous government sources, disclosed that both nations have already drafted the agreement.

This follows the United Kingdom’s historic move on January 12, becoming the first country to sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine. The pact commits both nations to mutual defense in the event of an attack. French President Emmanuel Macron has also expressed intentions to follow suit in February.

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s report on Friday, the security pact between Germany and Ukraine is expected to be signed on the first day of the Munich SEcurity Conference. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Olga Stefanishyna, confirmed that a Ukrainian delegation had formulated a draft for the agreement, emphasizing that while it is not finalized, it is generally ready for review.

Stefanishyna revealed that both Berlin and Kiev are in agreement on expediting the conclusion of the accord. Despite acknowledging Germany’s increasing support for Ukraine within the European Union, she highlighted occasional dissatisfaction, particularly concerning Berlin’s apparent reservations regarding Ukraine’s NATO membership aspirations.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized the significance of the bilateral security pact during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in late January, indicating that negotiations were reaching a conclusive stage.

President Zelensky confirmed these discussions in a social media post, underlining Germany’s commitment to Ukraine’s security. The develpment aligns with the G7 nations’ decision during a NATO summit in Vilnius in July 2023 to explore bilateral security guarantees for Kiev, pending potential accession to the US-led military bloc.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier cautioned against ensuring national security at the expense of other nations, expressing skepticism about Western intentions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the UK-Ukraine agreement signed in January, describing it as “half-baked” and asserting that Western countries are not genuinely supportive of Ukraine’s NATO or EU membership aspirations.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned last month that any deployment of British troops to Ukraine would be considered a “declaration of war.” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Britain of actively working aganist peace in Ukraine, turning it into a geopolitical bargaining chip.

As Germany and Ukraine progress towards a bilateral security agreement, the geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe continues to evolve, prompting reactions and concerns from various quarters. The signing at the Munich Security Conference could mark a significant development in regional security dynamics.

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