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Scholz, Macron ask Putin for ‘serious direct negotiations’ with Zelensky

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in a video call with heads of states that are members of the Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in a video call with heads of states that are members of the Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron ask Russia’s Vladimir Putin to hold “direct serious negotiations” with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

During an 80-minute conversation with the Russian president, the two EU leaders “insisted on an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops,” the German chancellor’s office says.

Macron and Scholz urge Putin to have “serious direct negotiations with the Ukrainian president and (find) a diplomatic solution to the conflict.”

The German chancellor and the French president also “called on the Russian president to ensure an improvement in the humanitarian situation of the civilian population” in Ukraine.

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