German foreign minister to travel to Moscow next week for talks on Ukraine

FILE PHOTO: Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, wearing a protective face mask, attends a working session during a European Union Foreign Ministers informal meeting (Gymnich) in Brest, western France, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will travel to Moscow next week for talks over the Ukraine crisis, she said on the sidelines of a meeting with her EU counterparts in Brest on Friday.

At the same time, she dampened hopes for a quick solution after a series of talks between the West and Russia this week.

"There had been no talks with Russia (at the NATO-Russia Council) for two years, so I think nobody came to the negotiating table expecting a solution within a few hours," Baerbock told reporters.

"It is a characteristic of diplomacy in a crisis that it takes a lot of persistence, patience and strong nerves ... This is why it is so important to intensively make use of varying channels of communications."

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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