The German Chancellor said that peace can only come if Kyiv and Moscow reach an agreement. He promised to continue helping Ukraine, but stressed that Berlin's actions should not lead to a clash between Russia and NATO
Peace in Ukraine will be possible only if “an understanding, an agreement” is reached, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a campaign event for the Social Democratic Party, reports Zeit. “We will not accept the peace imposed on Ukraine”, — he emphasized.
The head of the German government called Moscow's goal in Ukraine “strengthening its influence and expanding its territory.” “Revanchism and imperialism will not determine reality in Europe,” — Scholz promised.
In his opinion, Ukrainians will feel the consequences of the current conflict “and in 100 years”.
Scholz assured that Berlin would continue to help Kyiv, but this assistance should not escalate into a military clash between Russia and NATO.
On Friday, the chancellor spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He pointed to Moscow's responsibility for the world food situation, called for a ceasefire in Ukraine, and called “the claim that the Nazis rule there is incorrect.” Putin, in turn, informed Scholz that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine were “essentially blocked by Kyiv.” He talked about “measures to ensure the safety of civilians”; and evacuation of civilians from Azovstal in Mariupol. The Russian leader spoke about “continued gross violations of the norms of international humanitarian law by militants professing the Nazi ideology.”
At a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on May 9, Scholz called for the resumption of talks between Moscow and Kyiv to become “more concrete”; and for agreements to be reached. “It is impossible to imagine” that Ukraine would agree to a “peace dictated to it” and on the situation in which she is “imposed” conditions that it cannot accept for reasons of sovereignty and territorial integrity, he noted.
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Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Since then, the parties have held several rounds of negotiations. The last face-to-face meeting was held in Istanbul on March 29, at which the Ukrainian delegation handed over to the Russian draft document on the settlement. Moscow sent its proposals to Kyiv in April. Among the demands that the Russian leadership had previously put forward as possible provisions of the peace agreement, — “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, its refusal to join NATO, the recognition of Crimea by Kyiv as Russian, and the DPR and LPR — independent.
After the March talks, the Russian side has repeatedly stated that Ukraine has departed from the Istanbul agreements, and the discussion has reached a dead end. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, explained that the process became more complicated after the events in the Kyiv region, Mariupol, Volnovakha.
On May 9, presidential aide and head of the Russian delegation Vladimir Medinsky said that remote negotiations had not been terminated.
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