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Most Germans want talks with Russia – poll — Analysis

According to a survey, the overwhelming majority of Germans believe that the West should take concrete steps towards establishing talks with Russia on the Ukraine conflict.

Published on Wednesday, the poll commissioned by Germany’s RTL/ntv-Trendbarometer was conducted from August 26 through August 29, with 1,011 people taking part.

The survey found that 77% of Germans think the West should try to start negotiations with Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine. Only 17% of respondents would object to such negotiations. If asked if it was right for Western leaders not to continue phoning Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone, 87% answered yes, and 11% disagreed.

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Referring to the amount of German aid for Ukraine, 43% stated they are satisfied with the present state of affairs, 26% said Berlin should do more and 25% thought the country does too much.

According to the research, this sentiment is especially prevalent in Eastern Germany and among Alternative for Germany supporters.

Although some politicians from the ruling ‘traffic-light’ coalition are calling for continued deliveries of heavy weaponry to Ukraine, even at the expense of Germany’s own military, 62% of the respondents expressed skepticism about whether this would be a prudent move, while only 32% would welcome such deliveries.

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