Despite the lack of results of telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will still continue to call the Kremlin.
Federal government spokesman Steffen Gebeshreit said this at a briefing on Wednesday, Ukrinform reports.
"It is important to stay in touch. The chancellor and the government are convinced of this. We do not see Putin's desire to stop the war, but it is correct to call Moscow from time to time," said Gebeshreit, adding that it is worth calling even if there are no results of the talks and differences in principled positions about the war
The spokesman does not share the assessment of some experts that the speech has become less aggressive. "We have heard the same thing that the ruler of Russia has been saying for months and weeks," he noted.
In general, yesterday's speech by the President of the Russian Federation and his rejection of the treaty on strategic offensive weapons was received in Berlin with some concern.
"The President of Russia is moving in a path that is very depressing," Chancellor Olaf Scholz briefly assessed Putin's speech. He repeated that it is necessary to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in wars, but at the same time he reiterated the need to do everything to help Ukraine protect its independence and territorial integrity and that "Putin does not implement his idea."
As reported, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi believes that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron is wasting time considering any dialogue with Russia.