Scholz promised to continue negotiations with Putin

German Chancellor Scholz supported the continuation of negotiations with Putin Since they started, the leaders have called nine times, the last conversation took place at the end of May =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz would like to continue negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said this at a meeting with residents of the city of Essen, the broadcast was on the government website.

“I met the Russian president in Moscow at a long table. I spoke with him on the phone many times. And I will say clearly that I will continue to do this,— Scholz noted (quote from RIA Novosti).

He said that he was in close contact with Putin and was not going to refuse to cooperate.

Immediately after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Scholz called the hostilities a “serious mistake”; and warned the Kremlin of the “bitter price” that would have to be paid. At the same time, the German chancellor continued the dialogue with Putin. During the entire period of hostilities, they called up nine times and discussed the situation in Ukraine, negotiations between the delegations of Moscow and Kyiv, payment for gas, the export of Ukrainian grain and the lifting of sanctions that hinder the export of Russian fertilizers. During calls to the Russian President, Scholz advocated a ceasefire in Ukraine.

The German Chancellor has repeatedly spoken about the importance of negotiating with Putin. On June 17, he announced that he would continue to talk with the Russian president so that Russia and Ukraine would sign a peace agreement acceptable to Kyiv.

On the 28th, Scholz again emphasized the need to communicate with the Russian president, despite the difference of opinion. At the same time, he pointed out the futility of negotiations until Putin himself understands that hostilities must be ended.

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“As difficult as it may be, direct communication is important, especially in times of crisis. I want our messages to reach the President of Russia directly, so that Russia takes responsibility. My clear message to him is that his strategy for Ukraine will not work. Putin must know what we require of him, which is why I believe that such conversations are important, including in the future,»,— said Scholz on August 17.

The position of the German chancellor on relations with Russia during the hostilities caused criticism both within the country and abroad. It was also connected with the fact that the Scholz government did not coordinate the supply of weapons to Ukraine for a long time.

In April, the leader of the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Friedrich Merz criticized Scholz for insufficient support for Ukraine. He noted that the chancellor “was silent and told only half the truth”, and also delayed the supply of weapons to Kyiv, so society in Germany and abroad quickly ceased to perceive him as a person with strong and strategic thinking and lost confidence in him.

Later, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, reproached Scholz for the “slackness of politics.” He recalled that since February 24, not a single representative of the German government has come to Ukraine, and Scholz himself, who lacks courage, has adopted a strategy of “wait and see.”

The head of the German government rejected accusations of insufficient assistance for Ukraine. He explained the delay in the supply of weapons by the preparation of the Ukrainian military for their use. On June 16, Scholz, together with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, arrived in Kyiv and met with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Olaf Scholz

politician, chancellor of Germany

June 14, 1958

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