Scholz announces his intention to call Putin and names the condition for a "just peace" in Ukraine
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) announced his intention to have another telephone conversation with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. However, the Kremlin rejected this possibility.
According to Bild, at the 38th Congress of Protestant Churches in Nuremberg, Scholz said that it was necessary to keep in touch with the dictator. He decided to explain to Putin that "a prerequisite for a "just peace" is that Russia withdraws its troops".
The chancellor noted that he had already spoken to the Russian leader after the war began. "I intend to do so again in the near future," he said.
From time to time, Kirchentag's audience shouted "negotiations". Scholz responded: "It is normal to negotiate. The question is who is negotiating with whom and about what."
In response to the German chancellor's intentions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov briefly told Russian media: "Putin has no plans to have a telephone conversation with Scholz."
As a reminder, the last time Scholz spoke to the dictator by phone was in December 2022. In January 2023, he said that the Russian dictator was not looking for negotiations to end the war against Ukraine. He called on EU governments to order more weapons for the Ukrainian armed forces.
The politician acknowledged that the war can only end with the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory, but at the same time, he does not refuse to negotiate with the Kremlin leader.
The chancellor stressed that he would continue to try to end Russia's war against Ukraine in direct negotiations with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. The main demand is the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- earlier, Scholz announced his intention to hold a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the "appropriate time". He stressed that Moscow should understand that there can be no talk of a "cold peace", "in which, for example, the current front line becomes a new "border" between Russia and Ukraine;
- At the same time, the German Chancellor fiercely defended sending aid to Ukraine after protesters booed him during a speech at his party's meeting in Falkensee near Berlin. He stressed that the war was being fuelled by Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin.