German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin always take place in a friendly tone, despite differences of opinion. He stated this on September 17 in an interview with Deutschlandfunk.
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“The tone is always friendly, even if the views on the Ukrainian conflict are very, very different,” he said.
Scholz added that he considers negotiations important, even when the parties have no illusions about their outcome.
In addition, he pointed to the presence of certain progress following the results of all conversations with the Russian leader in recent times, however, according to him, they were not far-reaching.
On September 14, Scholz announced Putin’s unchanged position on Ukraine. Despite this, the chancellor added that it is important to continue the dialogue.
The day before, Putin had a telephone conversation with Scholz. The parties discussed a number of issues. In particular, they touched upon the issues of ensuring the safety of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and the recent mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Putin also emphasized the package nature of the “grain deal” concluded in Istanbul on June 22. He clarified the concerns about the imbalanced geography of maritime supplies, with only a small proportion going to the countries most in need.
The Russian president separately said that Ukraine, unlike the Russian Federation, does not provide access to prisoners of war to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Earlier in the day, Germany reported that a telephone conversation between Putin and Scholz lasted 1.5 hours.
On September 1, Scholz announced plans to continue negotiations with Putin. The next day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on Scholz’s statement, noted that Putin had repeatedly spoken about the readiness of the Russian Federation to discuss complex and controversial issues, since this is the only way out of the situation.
On August 15, in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, Scholz said that Western countries consider it important to have direct contacts with Putin on the situation in Ukraine. At the same time, he noted that it was not possible to resolve relations directly between Germany and Russia in the near future.