German Chancellor: When the time comes, I will talk to Putin again
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced that he is ready to resume contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the time comes. In an interview published by the daily newspaper “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” on Friday, he stressed that his goal is to actively support Ukraine and achieve a just peace after the withdrawal of the Russians from that country.
“It’s been a long time since my last phone call. But when the time comes, I’ll talk to Putin again,” he said. Olaf Schulz. Advisor German The last time he spoke to the Russian leader was in December 2022.
Russia He must understand that the war cannot end with some “frozen peace”, such as turning the existing front line into a new border between Russia and UkraineThat would only legitimize Putin’s “criminal campaign,” Schultz said when asked about the end of the war.
“On the contrary, a just peace must be reached, conditional on the withdrawal of the Russian forces,” he added. However, he refused to give a clear answer about whether this also applies to Crimea, which has been occupied since 2014. He added that it is Ukraine that must define its exact demands.
Our goal remains to “actively support Ukraine” while preventing “a direct conflict between NATO and Russia,” Schultz said. He stressed that in this matter one should not work alone, but rather “in close cooperation with friends and allies”.
Relations between Berlin and Moscow have been at an all-time low since Schulz last spoke to Putin, as the German leader unsuccessfully urged the Russian dictator to withdraw from Ukraine. The war in Ukraine Germany was forced to make a painful and wonderful diplomatic and economic transformation after Berlin bet for decades on rapprochement with Russia in these two fields, as the French Agency adds.
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