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The chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholzurged the president of russia, Vladimir Putinto accept a ceasefire in ukraine as soon as possible during a phone call on Friday, a German government spokesman said on Friday. “A truce was needed to improve the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and allow progress in the search for a diplomatic solution to the conflict,” the spokesman added.

During the 75-minute call, Scholz reminded Putin of Russia’s responsibility for the world food situation, while rejecting the Kremlin leader’s accusations of alleged Ukrainian “Nazism.” “The claim that the Nazis dominate there is false,” the foreign minister said on his Twitter account, Télam replied.

In the telephone conversation, according to Berlin, Scholz reminded Putin of the need to achieve a ceasefire “as soon as possible”, given the consequences of the war in Ukraine and especially in Mariupol. According to Moscow, Putin and Scholz discussed, at the initiative of Germany, the humanitarian situation in Ukraine in the context of the “Russian military operation” in this country.

The Russian president would have expressed during the call that “the logic and main objectives of the special military operation to defend the people’s republics of Donbas, explained the measures taken to guarantee the safety of the civilian population,” Reuters reported.

The last known contact between Putin and Scholz was on March 30, before massacres like the one in Buchaa town on the outskirts of Kyiv in which Russian troops would have massacred dozens of civilians. The Kremlin, however, has indicated that Russia and Germany will continue to talk “through various channels.”


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