The leaders of Germany and France held a cellphone name with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, through which they pressed the Russian President to comply with a right away ceasefire in Ukraine and withdraw Russia’s troops from the nation, German officers mentioned.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Putin for 80 minutes “on their initiative,” in line with the German authorities’s press workplace.
“The German chancellor and the French president urged a right away ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops. They referred to as on the Russian president to have interaction in critical direct negotiations with the Ukrainian president and to discover a diplomatic resolution to the battle,” the German authorities information launch mentioned.
A press release from the French Presidential workplace, the Elysee Palace, mentioned: “Any resolution to the struggle have to be negotiated between Moscow and Kyiv.”
Within the name, Macron and Scholz additionally referred to as for the discharge of about 2,500 Azovstal defenders who’ve been taken as prisoners of struggle by Russian forces, the French readout mentioned, in a reference to Ukrainian forces who have been captured after defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol for weeks.
As well as, the 2 leaders urged Putin to elevate the blockade of Odesa to permit the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea so as to keep away from a world meals disaster, in line with the assertion.
Some context: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have been frozen. He additionally accused Kyiv of constructing “contradictory” statements that Moscow didn’t perceive.
A day earlier, Peskov mentioned Moscow anticipated Kyiv to simply accept the established order and meet its territorial calls for, following remarks by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that appeared to recommend Ukraine has to agree to surrender Crimea and far of the Donbas area to Russia.
In a Might 23 interview with Reuters, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak dominated out agreeing to a ceasefire with Russia and mentioned Kyiv wouldn’t settle for any take care of Moscow that concerned ceding territory.