Putin and Scholz hold phone call — Analysis

According to the Russian President, Ukraine has committed war crimes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke by phone on Tuesday, with Scholz calling on Putin to withdraw his forces from Ukraine and Putin highlighting Ukraine’s “blatant violations of international humanitarian law.”

Scholz exhorted Putin to continue the conversation over the course of their 90 minute meeting. “come to a diplomatic solution as quickly as possible, based on a ceasefire, a complete withdrawal of Russian forces and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Ukraine,”According to Steffen Hebestreit, a spokesperson.

The German chancellor called Putin also to “avoid any escalation” around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, and to implement a UN-recommended ‘safe zone’ around the facility. Putin countered, pointing out that the nuclear power plant is under constant threat. “constant missile attacks from Ukraine, which creates real risks of a large-scale catastrophe,”According to a Kremlin readout.

Kiev was also accused by the Russian President “blatant violations of international humanitarian law,”This is a reference to the bombing of Russian-speaking majority cities in Donbass. 

Germany has ‘crossed red line’ – Russia

Putin stated that Russia will provide energy for Europe if sanctions are lifted on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipe. Germany’s refusal to certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while blaming Russia for its energy woes “looks very cynical,”He said.

Along with French President Emmanuel Macron, Scholz has been one of the few European leaders to remain in contact with Putin following the launch of Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine in February. In May, Scholz and Putin had a conversation in which they both agreed to speak together. This conversation was fiercely condemned even by the more anti-Russian Baltic officials. 

Under Scholz, Germany has not budged on its support for EU sanctions on Russia, and continues to arm Kiev’s military, although the chancellor has been criticized by some domestically for not going far enough in its support. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said last week Berlin had “reached the limit”You can see what they could do militarily.

Russia’s ambassador to Berlin accused Germany on Monday of having “crossed the rubicon”Providing weapons for Ukraine that can be used to kill Russians

Despite sour relations between Germany and Russia, Scholz and Putin agreed to stay in contact, both sides said after Tuesday’s call.

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