Scholz, Macron demand ‘immediate ceasefire’ in call with Putin

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, listens to French President Emmanuel Macron during a joint press conference in Berlin, February 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, listens to French President Emmanuel Macron during a joint press conference in Berlin, February 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

BERLIN — Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue with talks over the war in Ukraine in a phone call, French and German sources say.

“Germany and France demanded an immediate ceasefire from Russia” and “insisted that any solution to this crisis must come through negotiations between Ukraine and Russia,” according to German government sources.

The Elysee confirms the call in a statement, adding that EU leaders would be discussing the conflict in Ukraine at their summit in Versailles this evening.

“The three leaders agreed to remain in close contact over the coming days,” it says.

The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine held their first face-to-face talks in Turkey earlier today after two weeks of war, amid international outrage over Moscow’s bombing of a children’s hospital in Kyiv.

But Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said they had made “no progress” on a ceasefire, 14 days after Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor.

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