Ukraine war: Scholz resumes talks with Putin


Ukraine war
Scholz resumes talks with Putin

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has resumed talks with Vladimir Putin.  Photo: Christophe Gateau/dpa

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has resumed talks with Vladimir Putin. photo

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Weeks have passed since the chancellor last spoke to the Kremlin boss. Since then there have been numerous dramatic developments in the war zone. Now there was a long phone call.

After several months, Chancellor Olaf Scholz phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time. In the 90-minute conversation on Tuesday, Scholz insisted that a diplomatic solution to the Russian war in Ukraine be found as soon as possible, based on a ceasefire, a complete withdrawal of Russian troops and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country Ukraine is based, said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.

"The Federal Chancellor emphasized that any further Russian annexation steps would not go unanswered and would not be recognized under any circumstances," he said lifting dispute further. Initially, there was no information about the phone call from Moscow.

According to a government spokesman, Scholz was last with him at the end of May Putin on the phone. At that time, Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke together with the Russian President.

Since the phone call in May there have been further dramatic developments in the war zone. According to the federal government, the conversation on Tuesday also dealt with the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Scholz emphasized the need to ensure the safety of the nuclear power plant occupied by Russian forces. Hebestreit announced that he had also called for any escalation steps to be avoided and for the measures recommended in the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency to be implemented immediately.

Another topic was the global food situation, which is particularly tense as a result of the Russian war of aggression. Russia has them Ukraine ambushed at the end of February. Since then, the country has been defending itself against the attackers, also with support from the West. In the past few days, Ukrainian troops have managed to regain large areas.

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