War in Ukraine: Putin wants to “take part of Ukrainian territory by force” but we must keep in touch with him, says German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to conquer parts of Ukraine and shows no restraint in his brutality, yet it is important to keep in touch with him to end the war, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“Every time I speak with Poutinehe says very clearly that for him it is about conquering something”he said of an event in Potsdam, near Berlin. “He just wants to seize part of Ukrainian territory by force.”

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Olaf Scholtz has spoken more directly to Vladimir Putin since the February 24 invasion than to most other Western leaders. The last telephone conversation between the two men, on December 2, lasted an hour.

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“We have seen the brutality of the Russian president. In Chechnya, where he has practically wiped out the entire country. Or in Syria. There is no restraint there, it is as simple as that”he declared.

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“I want to live the moment when it will be possible to get out of this situation”

“We have completely different opinions. Yet I keep talking to him because I want to experience the moment when it will be possible to get out of this situation. And that cannot be done without talking to each other.”

Olaf Scholz also defended the government’s intention on Saturday to bring defense spending up to the NATO-set target of 2% of gross domestic product, pointing out that it had risen to 4% before reunification .

The countries of theI’ll take it must be strong enough that no one dares to attack them, he said.

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