German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the recent talks he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin were conducted in a benevolent tone. He spoke about this on September 17 in an interview with Deutschlandfunk.
“The tone is always friendly, even if there are very, very different views on this issue (on the Ukrainian conflict. – Approx. ed.),” he said.
Scholz called Putin this week for the first time in three and a half months, the conversation lasted an hour and a half. According to the chancellor, no news could be extracted from the conversation.
Still, he says the talks are important, even if the parties have no illusions about the outcome. He added that in general there were “certain advances” in communication with the Russian president, they just did not turn out to be far-reaching.
The German chancellor noted that the country intends to support Ukraine for as long as necessary.
“I want to make it clear: we have supported Ukraine and will continue to support it. We do this on a large scale, including the provision of modern weapons. At the same time, our goal remains to prevent the escalation of the war between Russia and NATO, ”said Scholz.
He recalled that Germany had already delivered IRIS-T air-to-air missiles to Ukraine. In the future, he added, additional supplies of this type are planned.
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