German Chancellor says no indication Putin has modified stance on Ukraine as UN chief says prospects for peace are ‘minimal’.
Vladimir Putin appears to consider he didn’t commit a mistake by launching an invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned on Wednesday after a 90-minute-long phone name with the Russian president.
“Sadly, I can’t let you know that the impression has grown that it was a mistake to start this battle,” Scholz advised journalists a day after his alternate with Putin.
“And there was no indication that new attitudes are rising,” the German chief added at a joint information convention together with his Georgian counterpart, Irakli Garibashvili.
In Tuesday’s name with the Russian chief, Scholz urged Putin to hunt a diplomatic answer “primarily based on a ceasefire, a whole withdrawal of Russian forces and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Ukraine”.
The exit of Russian troops from Ukraine was the one approach for “peace to have an opportunity within the area”, Scholz mentioned on Wednesday.
Prospects for peace ‘minimal’
Whereas Putin’s positions didn’t seem to have shifted, the German chancellor mentioned it was obligatory to stay in dialog with the Russian chief.
“It’s proper to talk with one another and to say what there may be to say on this topic,” Scholz mentioned.
In one other telephone name with Putin on Wednesday, UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres mentioned the 2 spoke about efforts to beat “obstacles” that stay associated to Russia’s meals and fertiliser exports.
However prospects for peace in Ukraine are “minimal” at current, the United Nations chief lamented after the decision, warning that it might be “naive” to consider there was adequate progress in the direction of a fast finish to the battle.
“I’ve the sensation we’re nonetheless far-off from peace. I might be mendacity if I might say it might occur quickly,” Guterres advised a information convention.
“I’ve no phantasm; at present second the probabilities of a peace deal are minimal,” he added, noting that even a ceasefire is “not in sight”.
Regardless of his bleak evaluation of the battle that has raged since Russia invaded its neighbour in late February, Guterres pressured he was sustaining contact with either side and expressed hope that “someday will probably be doable to go to the next degree of dialogue”.
Within the meantime, talks proceed about an exports deal “and its extension and its doable growth”.
A two-part settlement — permitting each the circulate of Ukraine’s grain exports blocked by the battle and Russia’s meals and fertiliser exports — was brokered by the UN and Turkey in July and is scheduled to final 120 days.
Guterres mentioned there may be dialogue about the opportunity of Russian ammonia exports via the Black Sea.
Ammonia, a key fertiliser ingredient, is produced by combining nitrogen from the air with hydrogen derived from pure fuel.
A number of European fertiliser producers have stopped producing ammonia due to hovering fuel costs.
Guterres warned the fertiliser disaster has reached a “dramatic” degree, repeating his fears of a worldwide meals scarcity subsequent yr.
He mentioned he additionally spoke with Putin about prisoners of battle and the state of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant.