Germany's Scholz to hold telephone talks with Putin Monday

The planned call is an effort to ease tensions over Ukraine



Reuters file
Reuters file

By AFP

Published: Mon 21 Feb 2022, 3:58 PM

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone later Monday in a further effort to ease tensions over Ukraine, the German government spokesman said.

Steffen Hebestreit said the planned call “this afternoon” had been “closely coordinated” with French President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke to Putin on Sunday.

He said the talks were part of “joint diplomatic efforts” by the West to “prevent a catastrophe” in Ukraine.

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