Olaf Scholz: Dialogue with Russia possible under condition of troop withdrawal

Olaf Scholz expressed readiness for negotiations with Vladimir Putin on the condition of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and condemned Russian aggression

Olaf Scholz
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The head of the German government, Olaf Scholz, expressed readiness for dialogue with Vladimir Putin, but only on the condition of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.

In an interview with the German newspaper Heilbronner Stimme, Scholz condemned the Russian aggression in Ukraine, describing it as a revival of imperialism in Europe.

He noted that Russian plans to quickly capture Ukraine had failed, but emphasized that Ukraine had successfully reclaimed captured territories.

Scholz also expressed the view that Ukraine has chances of success in this war, unlike Russia.


Despite previous negotiations with Putin, the German Chancellor stressed that for future dialogue, it is necessary for Russia to make a decisive step, namely – to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.

Furthermore, Scholz expressed concerns about the duration of the war, indicating readiness for a prolonged conflict and emphasized the importance of defense and protection of infrastructure.

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He clarified that this decision would remain relevant even after the use of a special 100 billion euro fund intended for re-equipping the armed forces.

Scholz also mentioned that the Russian war against Ukraine is a key factor requiring changes in Germany's military policy.


Additionally, Scholz confirmed Germany's commitments to defense projects with France. He specifically highlighted the "European Sky Shield" air defense system, being developed on Germany's initiative, as an important element of defense for all of Europe.

Scholz also discussed the progress of the joint project with France and Spain for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) project led by Germany.

Special attention was given by Scholz to the special fund for modernizing the Bundeswehr, announced shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

This fund envisages large-scale purchases of armaments, including stealth aircraft, frigates, and armored personnel carriers.

It is expected that by the end of the year, contracts will be signed for two-thirds of the fund's resources, and 50 procurement projects are planned through the budget committee of the Bundestag.


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