Scholz asked Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
on September 13, 2022 at 6:50 p.m
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File photo of Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a press conference. /Photo taken on September 9, 2022 in Berlin, Germany/REUTERS/Christian Mang
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine by agreeing to a ceasefire and a full withdrawal of Russian troops, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
In a 90-minute telephone interview, Olaf Scholz asked Vladimir Putin to ensure the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and to continue to respect the agreement on grain exports concluded under the auspices of the United Nations, said Steffen Hebestreit.
“The Chancellor has stressed that a new Russian annexation (of Ukrainian territory) will not remain unanswered and will not be recognized in any way,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The interview came as Olaf Scholz was under fire from critics in Kyiv after he refused to supply tanks and armored personnel carriers to the Ukrainian army.
(Report by Riham Alcousaa, French version Tangi Salaün, edited by Bertrand Boucey)
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