Ukraine crisis: German Chancellor urges ceasefire with Russia’s Vladimir Putin

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Moscow, Russia): In a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and a diplomatic solution to the conflict as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Putin criticized Kyiv for “trying in every possible way to delay the negotiation process, and pushing for more unrealistic proposals,” the Kremlin said.

In the call, Putin said Moscow was ready to seek a solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict during talks with the Ukrainian side. The Russian leader also told Scholz that he was doing everything possible to save civilian lives. According to reports, the call lasted for just an hour.

In particular, the Ukrainian and Russian delegations have held several rounds of talks.

On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics requested help to defend themselves.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation was targeting only Ukrainian military infrastructure and that the civilian population was not in danger.

However, the West denies these claims of Russia and in response, Western countries have imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow. In addition, he imposed sanctions on Belarus for supporting Russia’s operations in Ukraine. (ANI)

First published:March 18, 2022, 9:52 pm

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