Chancellor Olaf Scholz: "It is absolutely necessary to talk to Putin and I will continue to do so"

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said after visiting Kyiv that maintaining dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin was essential, even as Moscow continued the war in neighboring Ukraine, Agerpres reported.

“It is absolutely necessary to talk to Putin, and I will continue to do so, as the French president will,” Olaf Scholz said in an interview with Germany’s DPA, maintaining his position before his visit to Ukraine. .

“When I talk to Putin, I say, for example, the same things I tell you,” Scholz told German reporters.

“If you really believe that you will steal some land and then hope that times will change and everything will return to normal, you are wrong,” the German chancellor told Vladimir Putin.

He also said it was important to understand that Russia could not dictate the terms of a peace with Ukraine.

“You have to withdraw your troops and you have to reach an agreement with Ukraine, which is acceptable and fair to the people of Ukraine,” Olaf Scholz said in a statement to the Kremlin.

Germany offers Ukraine the prospect, even a distant one, of joining the EU

Western leaders are continuing their diplomatic efforts to end the February 24 conflict. Olaf Scholz’s statements were made on the day he returned from Kyiv, where he paid a visit with French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the dpa agency said.

The four leaders assured Ukraine of their solidarity and called for the country to be granted EU candidate status. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the “historic result” and said he hoped the other 23 EU member states would join the position at the EU summit on June 23-24.

On their way back to Poland, Mario Draghi and Olaf Scholz had separate meetings with the French president to exchange views on the results of the visit, according to AFP.

However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned on Thursday that Ukraine’s accession to the European Union could “take a very long time”, but that the effort would be worthwhile, as the prospect would give hope to the population. In a statement to the ZDF during his visit to Kyiv, Scholz said he could not speculate how long Ukraine’s EU accession would take. “But it’s worth it, that’s the message,” he said.

Olaf Scholz did not make any concrete promises about new arms deliveries to Ukraine during his visit to Kyiv, although officials here hoped so. “We are doing what is necessary and we are doing this carefully,” the German chancellor said in an interview with RTL / ntv.

Several other European leaders have tried to keep the channels of communication with the Kremlin dictator open, in an attempt to find solutions to end the war in Ukraine.

In mid-February, ten days before Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, the German chancellor was in Moscow, as had Emmanuel Macron, and met with Vladimir Putin, whom he tried unsuccessfully to defeat. persuade not to use force.

On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been invited to the G7 and NATO summits to be held later this month in southern Germany and in Madrid, respectively.

Editor: Luana Pavaluca

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