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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has backfired, with sanctions crippling the Russian economy, NATO strengthening its borders and Ukrainian forces persevering with to combat tooth and nail for his or her homeland. However, Putin “should realise” that his solely approach out is thru a cope with Ukraine.

German Chancellor Scholz spoke about his current telephone name with the Russian President, he was requested if there was any signal that Putin would have a “change of heart”.

He stated: “No. It is clear that Russia has not achieved any of the war aims it started with at the beginning. Ukraine has not been conquered, but is defending itself with great skill, courage and self-sacrifice.

“NATO has not withdrawn, but has even strengthened its forces on the eastern flank of the alliance. The alliance will become even stronger when Finland and Sweden join NATO.

“The Russian military itself has suffered considerable losses, far more than in the 10 years of the Soviet Union’s Afghanistan campaign. Slowly, Putin should realise that the only way out of this situation is through an understanding with Ukraine.”

When requested what this understanding would appear like, Mr Scholz demanded that Putin withdraw his troops from the nation.

Speaking to, he stated: “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, neither in one direction nor the other.”

He stated Western sanctions had been working and that the Russian economy was “suffering massively”. He added that the West would proceed to produce Ukraine with arms and impose sanctions on Russia till its invasion failed.

The Chancellor was tight lipped concerning the particular particulars surrounding his telephone name with Putin, however famous that each leaders had been blunt with one another.

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The snub was reportedly attributable to the truth that Germany was not offering weaponry to Kyiv and dragging its ft on financial sanctions to be imposed on Russia. Germany has since change into a significant weapons supplier to the Ukrainians.

In an indication diplomatic relations had been thawing, Chancellor Scholz stated that German President Frank-Walter Steinmier and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a clarifying name on the problem.

He stated: “First of all, I am very happy that President Zelensky and the Federal President had a clarifying discussion. That settles the matter.

“It is good that both the President of the Bundestag and the Foreign Minister were in Kyiv last week. I spoke with Volodymyr Zelensky in Brussels, Kyiv and Munich. We spoke on the phone many times, most recently on Wednesday.”

Mr Scholz, however, refused to say when or if he would be visiting Kyiv.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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