Germany. Olaf Scholz on talks with Vladimir Putin: they are necessary

Germany. Olaf Scholz on talks with Vladimir Putin: they are necessary

It is up to Vladimir Putin to withdraw troops from Ukraine and end this horrific, senseless war, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the Tagesspiegel daily. He stated that he would continue to talk by phone with the Russian leader and announced another such conversation with Putin.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz – as reported by “Tagesspiegel” – he intends to continue to try to influence the Russian president Vladimir Putin through conversations. “I will talk to Putin on the phone again because it is necessary,” the chancellor said.

– It is up to Putin to withdraw troops from Ukraine and the end of this horrific, senseless war, which has already claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, emphasized Scholz and explained that as long as Russia continues to wage war with unrelenting aggression, the present situation will not change.



As Scholz admitted, his previous telephone conversations with Putin “did not have a rude tone”. According to the chancellor, during the meetings, Putin repeatedly made it clear that he wanted to incorporate parts of the neighboring country by force, which, according to Scholz, was unacceptable. In the talks with Putin, specific issues were also raised, regarding the exchange of prisoners, grain exports from Ukraine and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, added the Chancellor.

– For me it is important that the conversations return to the most important topic: how will the world come out of this terrible situation? The precondition is clear: it is the withdrawal of troops by Russia, stressed Scholz.

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