In Putin call, Scholz urges diplomatic solution, withdrawal of Russian troops

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a one-hour call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday and urged a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine including a withdrawal of Russian troops as soon as possible.

Scholz “stressed Germany’s determination to support Ukraine in ensuring its defense capability against Russia’s aggression,” according to a statement from Scholz’s spokesperson. Scholz also “condemned Russian airstrikes against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine,” the statement said.

It was not reported how the Russian president responded to the chancellor’s proposal.

According to the spokesperson, the two also discussed the global food situation, both “highlighted the important role of the grain agreement recently extended under the aegis of the United Nations.”

They agreed “to stay in touch.”

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