Angela Merkel says no security in Europe without Russia

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Russia is key to ensuring European security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday as she marked a quarter century of reconciliation with Poland after World War II. Duration: 00:30

Angela Merkel says no security in Europe without Russia

No security in Europe without Russia: Merkel

/ Krzyzowa (Poland) – 20 November 2014 12:57 – AFP

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Russia is key to ensuring European security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday as she marked a quarter century of reconciliation with Poland after World War II.

“We are aware that Europe’s security can only be ensured in the medium and long term with Russia,” Merkel said at a ceremony alongside Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in the southern Polish town of Krzyzowa.

“The sanctions are not a goal in themselves. They are applied only when necessary…We want to proceed with dialogue with Russia,” Merkel added.

Having hosted a landmark 1989 Polish-German meeting of reconciliation, Krzyzowa is rich in the symbolism of the heady days when the Iron Curtain fell across eastern Europe ending the division between East and West.

But Thursday’s talks here between Merkel and Kopacz came amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War, sparked by Moscow’s role in the crisis in Ukraine, Poland’s eastern neighbour.

The West believes Russia is pulling the strings in the deadly seven-month conflict between pro-Western government forces and pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s east — an accusation the Kremlin denies.

It was at Krzyzowa that then German chancellor Helmut Kohl attended a mass on November 12, 1989, two days after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with his counterpart Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland’s first post-communist premier.

At the site, Kopacz and Merkel on Thursday opened a new exhibition focussed on the often tragic history shared by Germans and Poles since the 1939 outbreak of World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied Poland.

Animosity reigned throughout the Cold War, until a first gesture of reconciliation was made by German and Polish Roman Catholic bishops in 1965. It culminated as communism fell in Europe in 1989.

“We are not the hostages of history. We can learn from it,” Kopacz said.

“Today, we meet in Krzyzowa as friends and partners.”

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