“We all want this war to end and peace to become possible,” the German chancellor said at a conference in Leipzig.
“But in this murderous war, which we are currently experiencing, Putin’s military actions stand in the way of everything that previously brought negotiations closer.”
Scholz also said he was against there being a ceasefire on Russian terms.
“First of all, Russia must understand that the idea of peace based on dictatorship will lead nowhere and you cannot simply draw a marker over the map of the area and say that it is now mine,” the chancellor said.
“So there will be no dictatorial peace, there must be a different understanding.”
Scholz added that he himself is “working tirelessly along with many others” to ensure that Russia understands this as a basis for successful peace talks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meanwhile, has enacted a decision of the National Security Council banning negotiations with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. The President’s Office said that Kyiv will enter into negotiations with Moscow only when the Russian leader changes.
Subsequently, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine will be able to find a format for dialogue with Russia if the Russians withdraw all their troops from the occupied Ukrainian territories and admit that they “made a terrible mistake.”
In recent comments, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Ukraine’s success in possible negotiations with Russia will depend on Kyiv’s strength on the battlefield.
It was also recently reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden has been privately asking the Ukrainian leadership to show openness to negotiations with Russia.
However, the Biden administration clarified that the sole purpose for such openness is for Ukraine to retain the support of other countries.
On Nov. 7, Zelenskyy named five conditions under which negotiations are possible:
restoration of territorial integrity;
respect for the UN Charter;
compensation for all damages caused by the war;
punishment of every war criminal;
guarantees that the invasion will not be repeated.
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