German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said that he is ready for new talks with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. However, this will only make sense if Putin is ready to act.
RBC-Ukraine reported this with reference to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Scholz called on the Kremlin dictator to take the first step towards a possible peaceful settlement in Ukraine.
"He must withdraw his troops. However, there are no signs that this will happen at the moment," he explained, answering a question about the possibility of peace talks. "Putin must not succeed in his goal of using force to annex a part of a neighboring country," the chancellor said.
The last time Scholz and Putin spoke on the phone was on December 2 last year. The chancellor has repeatedly stated that he is fundamentally ready for further talks, but at the same time, it is necessary that Putin make visible progress.
Scholz once again assured Ukraine that assistance in defending itself against Russian invasion would be provided for as long as necessary.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 19/11/2023