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Putin desperate for war in Ukraine to end with ‘negotiated solution’ says old friend

The previous politician, who has been condemned throughout Europe for his friendship with the Russian chief, has spoken out about the potential of a ceasefire, over 5 months for the reason that battle started.

He stated that the current agreements over grain exportation may very well be expanded right into a full-blown peace association.

Mr Schröder instructed Stern journal: “The excellent news is that the Kremlin desires a negotiated answer.”

He additionally revealed that he had visited Moscow to satisfy with Putin final week.

This comes as a diplomatic breakthrough was brokered by Turkey and the UN between Russia and Ukraine to permit ships carrying grain to go away Ukrainian ports.

Turkish President Erdogan is predicted to go to Sochi on Friday, the primary NATO chief to go to Russia for the reason that invasion.

Gerhard Schröder has confronted intense backlash for refusing to interrupt ties with Putin, being strippeed of his proper to a German government-funded workplace and dealing with expulsion from his occasion the Social Democrats, reported The Occasions.

The 78-year-old has stood down from the board of Russia’s state-owned oil firm Rosneft and declined a nomination for a board place at Gazprom.

Nonetheless, he nonetheless stays chairman of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG, the operators of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline carrying Russian gasoline to Germany by way of the Baltic Sea.

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“However I additionally get many letters from Germany that say it’s good that there’s nonetheless somebody who retains open dialogue channels with Russia within the present battle.”

He added: “I don’t wish to take the mediation job away from anybody within the authorities.

“However why ought to I cease holding talks which can be legally potential and don’t carry me or my household into difficulties?”

Focus journal criticised the previous Chancellor, who held the place from 1998 to 2005, of selling Russian propaganda, saying: “The previous chancellor is defending the Kremlin warmonger so vehemently that Putin’s spokesman ought to be anxious about dropping his job.”

Daily Express

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