French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had a new telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, and according to the Berlin government, the two asked the Kremlin leader to have “serious direct negotiations” with the Ukrainian president. , Volodymyr Zelensky, notes Agerpres.
The talk, which lasted about 80 minutes, was organized at the initiative of the two Western leaders and aimed to analyze the war in Ukraine and the ways in which this conflict could end. In addition, according to the press release, Macron and Scholz called on Putin to take steps to improve the situation of civilians in the fighting areas.
Macron and Scholz “They welcomed the Russian president’s commitment to treat captured fighters in accordance with international humanitarian law, in particular the Geneva Conventions, and to guarantee unrestricted access to the International Committee of the Red Cross.”
Sources quoted by the French press claim that Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz had asked Vladimir Putin to release the 2,500 Ukrainians who fought in the Azovstal factory and who are currently prisoners of war, according to observatornews.ro.
Macron and Scholz recently urge Putin for “serious talks” to end Ukraine conflict
During this telephone conversation, the three leaders also discussed the “world food situation, particularly tense due to the Russian war of aggression.” It should be noted that the press release states that “President Putin has given assurances that he wants to allow the export of grain from Ukraine, especially by sea.”
Vladimir Putin has promised the two European leaders that his Black Sea forces will not take advantage of “the opening of the mine belt installed to protect Ukrainian ports, to allow grain exports by ship, to carry out offensive actions.”
Given the current situation in which drought in certain parts of the world and the restriction of grain exports from Ukraine and Russia are laying the foundations for a global food crisis, the three have concluded that the United Nations should play a central role in maintaining trade. economic growth in this market.
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