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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has backfired, with sanctions crippling the Russian economy, NATO reinforcing its borders and Ukrainian forces continuing to fight tooth and nail for their homeland. However, Putin “should realize” that his only way out is through a deal with Ukraine.
German Chancellor Scholz spoke about his recent phone call with the Russian president, being asked if there was any sign Putin would have a ‘change of heart’.
He said no. It is clear that Russia has not achieved any of the war aims with which it was initially committed. Ukraine has not been conquered, but is defending itself with great skill, courage and selflessness.
“NATO did not withdraw, but even reinforced its forces on the eastern flank of the alliance. The alliance will become even stronger when Finland and Sweden join NATO.
“The Russian army itself suffered considerable losses, far more than during the Soviet Union’s 10-year campaign in Afghanistan. Slowly, Putin should realize that the only way out of this situation is through an agreement with Ukraine.
When asked what that deal would look like, Scholz demanded that Putin withdraw his troops from the country.
Talk to t-online.dehe said: “I demand that Putin withdraw his troops again. Otherwise, there is a clear principle: Ukraine decides on these issues. We cannot negotiate on their behalf one way or the other.
He said Western sanctions were working and the Russian economy was “suffering massively”. He added that the West would continue to supply arms to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia until its invasion fails.
The chancellor was tight-lipped on specific details surrounding his phone call with Putin, but noted the two leaders were blunt with each other.
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The snub would be due to the fact that Germany did not supply weapons to Kyiv and dragged its feet on the economic sanctions to be imposed on Russia. Germany has since become a major arms supplier to the Ukrainians.
In a sign that diplomatic relations were thawing, Chancellor Scholz said German President Frank-Walter Steinmier and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a call for clarification on the matter.
He said: “First of all, I am very happy that President Zelensky and the Federal President had a clarification discussion. This settles the matter.
“It is a good thing that the President of the Bundestag and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were in Kyiv last week. I spoke with Volodymyr Zelensky in Brussels, Kyiv and Munich. We’ve spoken on the phone several times, most recently on Wednesday.
Mr Scholz, however, declined to say when or if he would travel to Kyiv.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.