German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging him to resolve the conflict on the territory of Ukraine through diplomatic means. This was reported in the press service of the German government.
The representatives of the states talked about the military actions in Ukraine and their consequences for an hour.
"The chancellor called on the Russian president to reach a diplomatic solution as soon as possible, including the withdrawal of Russian troops," the message states.
Scholz also condemned the Russian airstrikes against the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine and "emphasized the determination" of Germany to support Ukraine in ensuring its defense capability.
At the same time, the press service of the Kremlin clarified that the conversation took place at the initiative of Germany.
"The President of Russia called on the German side to reconsider its approaches in the context of Ukrainian events," the message states.
Also, during the conversation, Putin drew attention to the "destructive line" of Western countries, including Germany, which "pumps up" Ukraine with weapons and provides training for the Ukrainian military.
"All this, as well as the comprehensive political and financial support of Ukraine, leads to the fact that Kyiv flatly rejects the idea of any negotiations," the Kremlin said.
In addition, the parties discussed the food situation in the world, which is particularly tense due to the war on Ukrainian territory.