Rolf Muetzenich, head of the parliamentary group co-ruling the SPD party in Germany, believes that talks with Vladimir Putin should not be ruled out. “They cannot be forced,” but if the Russian president “is ready for honest talks with the heads of state and government of the EU, NATO and Ukraine, it should not be ruled out in principle,” he said. The possibility of negotiating with Russia is categorically ruled out by the head of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock (the Greens).
Muetzenich said in an interview with the dpa agency that such talks would have to be conditional on the fulfillment of “specific framework conditions”. – Federal Chancellor (German Olaf Scholz) is experienced enough to decide when he considers it advisable to talk to partners, he said. In his opinion on this point Germany they should not play a special role, and everything should be done in close consultation with partners.
– I am still convinced that the end of this war will not be decided by victory on the battlefield, but ultimately it will be the result of talks, negotiations and agreements – he said. – We should always be able to use certain signals that indicate a possible ceasefire to return to diplomatic talks. However, such signals have so far been lacking – added the politician SPD.
As RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reminds us, from the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine contacts between Western countries and Russia have been sporadic. “Scholz has been on the phone with Putin over the past few weeks. Ukraine and allies in Eastern Europe are skeptical about such contacts,” notes RND.
The head of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not see the possibility of negotiating with Russia
The possibility of negotiations with Russia is categorically ruled out by the head of the German Foreign Ministry Annalena Baerbock. On Wednesday, in an interview with the “Stern” weekly, she said that she did not see the possibility of negotiating with Russia at the moment. “What can be negotiated with someone who is not even willing to agree humanitarian corridors for civilians with the International Committee of the Red Cross?” Baerbock asked.
In turn, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the Bundestag, Michael Roth (SPD), emphasizes that Russia remains a member of the UN Security Council, a member of the G20 and the OSCE. – Whether we like it or not, we will have to talk to the representatives of Russia – he said on Thursday. – We must regularly make him (Putin) aware that he is on a terribly wrong path – he added.
Muetzenich assessed that the easing of sanctions imposed on Russia will only be possible if “Putin clearly changes course” and Russia submits “a credible ceasefire offer, is ready to open humanitarian corridors and honest negotiations.” As he added, the Ukrainian government will also have to agree to go the way of negotiations. – The sanctions are not an end in themselves, but they should lead to a change in Russia’s behavior. Currently, however, I do not see the effects of the sanctions in either the military or political spheres, said the SPD politician.
Politicians from the post-communist Left and the far-right AfD are also in favor of easing the sanctions imposed on Russia, arguing that the effects of the sanctions are a burden on the German economy, RND reminds.
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