The German Chancellor has insisted that it’s of the utmost importance to maintain contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite criticism levelled by some sources. The talks are needed to get the West’s message across to Moscow, Olaf Scholz told the news agency dpa on Friday.
Both Scholz and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, plan to continue their contacts with Putin despite the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine. The offensive has been vehemently opposed by the US and its allies, the chancellor outlined.
“It is absolutely necessary to talk to Putin,” Scholz explained, adding that he “will continue to do so, as will the French President.” He has also said that he would try to use such opportunities to make some “clear” statements to Russia. In particular, the chancellor said he would try to tell Putin that the EU would not impose a “dictated peace” on Ukraine by demanding that Kiev make concessions to end the conflict.
Scholz also called on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory and reach an agreement that would be acceptable to Kiev.