World News

Ukraine war: Olaf Scholz says Vladimir Putin does not see war as mistake

todaySeptember 14, 2022 1

share close

By Merlyn Thomas

BBC News

German chancellor Olaf Scholz meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2022Image source, Getty Images

Image caption,

German chancellor Olaf Scholz meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not realise the invasion of Ukraine is a mistake, German chancellor Olaf Scholz has said, after the leaders spoke on the phone on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Scholz said he urged Mr Putin to withdraw troops and re-enter talks with Ukraine during the 90-minute call.

He called for Russia to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine.

The chancellor has come under pressure to increase military support for Kyiv.

Mr Scholz said the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine would be the only way for “peace to have a chance in the region”.

Although he said Mr Putin “unfortunately” had not changed his position on the invasion, Mr Scholz emphasised the importance of continuing to talk to him.

“It is right to speak with each other and to say what there is to say on this subject,” Mr Scholz said.

The weapons Germany had supplied to Ukraine had been “decisive” and “made the difference” for developments in eastern Ukraine, he added.

The Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has criticised Germany for not sending more weapons. He wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Ukraine needed more military support “to liberate people and save them from genocide”.

“Not a single rational argument on why these weapons can not be supplied, only abstract fears and excuses. What is Berlin afraid of that Kyiv is not?” he added.

Commenting on the phone call with Mr Scholz, the Kremlin blamed Ukraine for the continued violence.

Written by: admin

Rate it

Previous post


World News

How the Queen's journey to lying-in-state unfolded

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has travelled in a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state for four days. Crowds watched as King Charles III, the Prince of Wales and other senior royals walked behind the coffin as it journeyed down the Mall, through Horse Guards Parade, past Whitehall and into Westminster Hall. Members of the public are now able to pay their final respects […]

todaySeptember 14, 2022 1