Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wants to speak about the Russian war of aggression in The Hague. But the appointment starts with a glitch: Because a stairway on the government machine was stuck, Baerbock had to fly off late.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock set out late for her visit to The Hague on Monday due to a technical problem. According to the flight captain, the delay occurred because the stairs at the front entrance to the A321-200 Air Force Airbus could not initially be removed. Instead of the planned 8.45 a.m., Baerbock and her delegation finally set off towards the Netherlands at around 9.30 a.m.

The Green politician wanted to visit the International Criminal Court in the Dutch city and, among other things, give a keynote speech at the Hague Academy of International Law. The speech was supposed to be about ways in which the Russian leadership could be held accountable for the war of aggression against Ukraine. In the afternoon, Baerbock also wanted to speak to Prime Minister Mark Rutte and her foreign minister colleague Wopke Hoekstra at separate appointments.