Putin says Russia ‘doesn’t want a war’

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, affirmed this Tuesday after his meeting with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholzthat Russia “does not want a war” in Europe and that he sees “elements to discuss” with the United States and NATO.

Putin has also warned that we must solve the “problem” in the Ukrainian region of Donbas and has described the situation in the separatist regions in the east of Ukraine as a “genocide”.

Tensions have grown in recent weeks in Europe due to the Western fears that Russia will invade Ukraine. The United States has warned that there may be an invasion this very week, something that Moscow has repeatedly denied that this was its intention. Russia announced on Tuesday the withdrawal of some of its military units that were carrying out maneuvers near the border with Ukraine.

Russia ready to continue dialogue on missiles

At the joint press conference, the Russian president stated that Russia is ready to continue the dialogue on missiles and other security issues with the West. Putin has pointed out that there has been no “constructive engagement” in the responses to Moscow’s demands, but that they have “a series of considerations that we have proposed other years and we are ready to discuss“.

Putin has also stressed that Moscow does not want a war in Europe and has indicated that the outcome of the negotiations “should be an equal security agreement”. “Do we want a war? Of course we don’t want a war“, said the Russian president.

The Russian president has stated that his generation has witnessed an armed conflict in Europe, referring to the Yugoslav warwho has claimed that it was “unleashed by the NATO bloc”. The German chancellor has disagreed with Putin and has said that in Yugoslavia there was a threat of genocideto which the Russian president has replied that what is happening in the Donbas now it is also a genocide. Scholz has pointed out that the fact that Putin has used the word “genocide” to refer to the situation in Donbas is “not right”.

For his part, Scholz has indicated that some aspects “worth discussing” of Moscow’s security demands. “It was correct that NATO and the European Union responded to the letters from Russia and, although Russia does not agree with the responses, it is a good sign that says you have good points“, the German chancellor has affirmed. Moscow demands guarantees that NATO will not continue expanding towards the east and asks that countries like Ukraine and Georgia never be members of the Atlantic Alliance.

“In the same way, NATO, the European Union and us, we do not agree with Russia’s demands, but we believe that there are some points worth discussingScholz asserted.

The withdrawal of some troops, “a good sign”

The German Chancellor has described Russia’s announced withdrawal of some of its military units from Ukraine’s borders as “a good sign”although he stressed that “we hope there will be more”.

“In such a tense and complicated situation, this is very important so that there is no war,” insisted Scholz, who added that he agrees that “diplomacy is not even remotely exhausted”. “Now we must work decisively and courageously on a peaceful solution to this crisis,” she asserted.

In addition, Scholz has requested that the dialogue “do not end in a dead end”because it would be “a catastrophe for all” and has reiterated that a new Russian military aggression against Ukraine would have “political, economic and strategic consequences”.

They agree on the importance of the Normandy Format

The German chancellor has also assured that he agrees with Putin that the Normandy format is important for dialogue. “There we need movement and progress,” she stressed.

Scholz has also considered that the resolution adopted by the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the Duma, to ask Putin to recognize the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, would be equivalent to “disregarding” the Minsk agreements.

“So he process would be over and that would be a political catastropheScholz added.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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