The Russian, French and German leaders discussed the latest developments in the Ukrainian conflict. Vladimir Putin notably alerted his interlocutors to “the dangerous nature” of Western arms deliveries to kyiv.
Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on May 28 with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. As reported in the Kremlin statement, the three leaders exchanged views on the latest developments in the Ukrainian conflict.
Putin denounces “the permanent stuffing of Ukraine with Western weapons”
Various themes were discussed, such as Western deliveries of military equipment to kyiv, recent developments in the Russian military intervention in Ukraine and the actions to be taken to reduce the risks of a global food crisis.
Alerting to “the dangerous nature of the permanent “stuffing” of Ukraine with Western weapons”, Vladimir Putin notably warned his interlocutors against “the risks of destabilizing the situation and aggravating the humanitarian crisis”.
“Particular attention was paid to the frozen negotiations because of Kyiv. Vladimir Putin confirmed that the Russian side was ready to relaunch a dialogue,” the statement said.
Concerning world food security, the Russian president underlined that in his eyes, “the real causes” of the problems of delivery of agri-food products lay in the “erroneous” economic and financial policies of Western countries which adopted anti-Russian restrictions. .
“The Russian Federation, for its part, is ready to contribute to the search for solutions to ensure the unimpeded export of grain, including the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports. The increase in the delivery of fertilizers and Russian agro-food products which will make it possible to solve the problems on the world food market requires the lifting of the corresponding sanctions”, further assures the Kremlin according to which the three leaders have agreed to continue contacts.
Paris and Berlin demand serious negotiations between Putin and Zelensky
For its part, the French presidency announced that Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz had asked the Russian president to release 2,500 Ukrainian fighters who had taken refuge in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol and were taken prisoner by the Russians.
In its press release, the Elysée specifies for its part that the French and German leaders insisted “on the fact that any solution to the war must be negotiated between Moscow and kyiv, with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.
According to the German Chancellery, the two Western leaders pleaded for “an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops” and called on Vladimir Putin to carry out “serious direct negotiations” with the Ukrainian president and a diplomatic solution to the conflict. .
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