Ukraine: Germany's Scholz urges Putin to end hostilities

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Ukraine: Germany's Scholz urges Putin to end hostilities


Ukraine: Germany's Scholz urges Putin to end hostilities

During a one-hour conversation, the German

chancellor called on Russia's president to immediately halt military action in Ukraine. Putin said Russia was "open" to talks with Kyiv if all his demands were met.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the fighting in Ukraine and open humanitarian corridors.

In an hour-long phone call, Scholz "called on the Russian leadership to immediately cease all hostilities and to allow humanitarian access to the embattled areas," German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in a statement.

The two leaders agreed to hold further talks soon, Hebestreit added.

The call came a day after French officials said France's President Emmanuel Macron had also had also spoken with Putin. 

Russia 'open' to talks with Ukraine

According to the German statement, Putin told Scholz that a third round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives was due to take place this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said Putin told Scholz he hoped Ukraine would take a "reasonable and constructive" position during the planned third round of talks. 

Russia is "open to dialogue with the Ukrainian side, as well as with all those who want peace in Ukraine. But on condition that all Russian demands are met," the Kremlin said.

During cease-fire talks on Thursday, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators agreed to set up humanitarian corridors in parts of Ukraine badly hit by fighting.

It was the second time they met since the war started on February 24. All rounds so far have failed to halt the fighting.

Mikhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian negotiator involved in the talks and an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said talks will continue on Saturday or Sunday. "We are in constant contact," he told reporters.