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New German Foreign Minister Fires Russia a Warning Over Ukraine

  • Baerbock says Moscow would ‘pay a high price’ if it invades
  • Greens’ co-leader on inaugural trip as Germany’s top diplomat
Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and Annalena Baerbock in Paris, on Dec. 9. 
Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and Annalena Baerbock in Paris, on Dec. 9. Photographer: Gonzalo Fuentes/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s new foreign minister Annalena Baerbock doubled down on warnings from western politicians to Russia over Ukraine, saying that Moscow would pay a high price if it went ahead with an invasion of its neighbor.

“Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty are not negotiable,” Baerbock said Thursday after talks with her French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, urging European Union and NATO partners to work to avoid military escalation.