The Russian president spoke by phone with Schulz of Germany and Macron of France
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Saturday with German Chancellor Olaf Schulz and French President Emmanuel Macron. Blaming Ukraine for stalling peace talks, Putin reassured Europeans that Moscow was ready for talks to end the ongoing conflict and condemned the West for flooding the neighboring country with weapons.
According to a readout of a call published by the Kremlin, Putin outlined the latest developments in Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine and described the recent return to normal life in Mariupol and other cities taken from Ukrainian forces.
Putin has confirmed that Russia is open to a negotiated peace deal and is ready to export fertilizers and other agricultural products, but that this would require lifting some Western-imposed sanctions. He added that Russia would ensure that grain exports from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea could take place. According to Moscow, until recently, such exports were impossible due to the seas in Ukraine. However, the Russian navy has opened two corridors for civilian ships, one through the Black Sea and the other through the Azov Sea.
A readout of the German call on Saturday said that both Schulz and Macron had called on Putin to declare an immediate ceasefire and withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine. Both leaders spoke positively about Putin’s commitment to treating captured Ukrainian fighters. “In accordance with international humanitarian law.” And allowing unrestricted access to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Although both Scholz and Macron have condemned Russia for its military operations in Ukraine and supported EU sanctions on Moscow, the two leaders have maintained direct contact with their Russian counterparts. In contrast, other European politicians have refused to talk to Putin. Polish Prime Minister Matthias Morawiki has compared the Russian president to Adolf Hitler and denounced Macron for talking to him, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared Putin to one. “Crocodile” And canceled peace talks.
However, while Schulz and Macron have been in regular talks with Putin since February, both leaders have provided arms and other military assistance to Kiev, and Macron has rejected calls from Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to give up some territories in exchange for an agreement with Russia, such as former US Secretary of State Henry Kinzer. Weeks suggested that Kyiv should be done.
Putin addressed the issue of Western military support for Kiev on Saturday, telling Schulz and Macron that “Pumping” Weapons in Ukraine “The risk of further instability of the situation and escalation of the humanitarian crisis.”
At the end of the 80-minute call, all three leaders agreed to stay in touch.
You can share this story on social media: