German Chancellor Scholz Fails To Convince Putin To End The War In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not see his decision to invade Ukraine as a mistake, said Scholz

<p>SEPTEMBER 12: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands at a window in his office as he speaks on a mobile phone prior to the arrival of interim Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid at the Chancellery on September 12, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders discussed common issues related to energy, security and a possible sale of an Israeli anti-missile system to Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)</p>

Russian President Vladimir Putin still does not think that waging a war on Ukraine was a mistake, so said German chancellor Olaf Scholz after a phone call with the Russian leader.

The 90-minute call between the two leaders happened Tuesday when Scholz tried to talk Putin into withdrawing his troops from Ukraine and respecting its sovereignty. He was unable to convince Putin to restart the negotiations.

“Sadly, I cannot tell you that the impression has grown that it was a mistake to begin this war,” Scholz said. “And there was no indication that new attitudes are emerging. According to the German chancellor, the exit of Russian forces from Ukraine was the only way for “peace to have a chance in the region.”

Although Putin showed no willingness to revisit his position on the war, Scholz stressed that keeping the conversations alive was necessary. “It is right to speak with each other and to say what there is to say on this subject”, he said.

Besides, The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed his hopelessness in the peace effortst. “I have no illusion; at the present moment the chances of a peace deal are minimal”, Guterres said adding that “I have the feeling we are still far away from peace. I would be lying if I would say it could happen soon.”

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as they arrive for an international summit on securing peace in Libya at the German federal Chancellery on January 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Leaders of nations and organizations linked to the current conflict are meeting to discuss measures towards reaching a consensus between the warring sides and ending hostilities. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Guterres spoke to Putin about the trade restrictions Russia is faced with in the wake of the war. Moscow’s food and fertilizer exports have received a major blow after the invasion. The UN and Turkey reached a 120-day deal in July that permits both the flow of Russia’s food and fertiliser shipments as well as the flow of Ukraine’s grain exports that have been halted by the conflict. 

Guterres highlighted that he remained in constant communication with all sides of the conflict despite his pessimistic assessment of the conflict that has raged since Russia invaded its neighbour in late February. 

He also expressed optimism that “one day it will be possible to get to a higher level of conversation.” 

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