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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine to enable a “diplomatic solution as soon as possible” to the conflict, in a telephone conversation in which he also condemned attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.
The German leader also ratified before the Kremlin the determination of Germany to “support Ukraine” and contribute to its defense against Russian aggression, according to a statement released by the German government.
The two leaders also discussed the global food crisis resulting from the Russian invasion and agreed on the positive assessment of the agreement reached to unblock Ukrainian grain exports.
The conversation lasted about an hour and focused on the war in Ukraine. Scholz and Putin agreed to “keep in touch,” according to German government sources.
Earlier, the Kremlin for its part reported that conversation and claimed that Putin had urged Scholz to “review” his position on the armed conflict in Ukraine.
“Different aspects of the situation around Ukraine were addressed (…) The president called on the German side to review approaches in the context of Ukrainian developments,” the Russian presidency said.
This is the first telephone conversation between Putin and Scholz in almost three months. The last phone call between the two leaders took place on September 13.