Germany Looks to Initiate Peace Negotiations in Ukraine: Scholz Reveals Discreet Talks Amid Conflict

Olaf Scholz pledges Ukraine is exploring avenues for peace talks with Russia

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, several countries, including Germany, are exploring ways to initiate peace negotiations to put an end to the Russian invasion. In an interview with the newspaper Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung on Thursday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that discussions on this matter would be conducted discreetly. While Scholz did not specify which governments were considering a negotiated end to the war, he mentioned that there were a series of countries, including Ukraine, discussing at the level of defense advisors how a peace process could be initiated.

The Ukrainian press responded strongly to Scholz’s comments. Last February, Scholz’s remarks about British and French soldiers operating long-range missiles in Ukraine sparked controversy. The official position of the Ukrainian Presidency is that there is no direct contact with Russia, and the only path to peace is through President Volodymyr Zelensky’s 10-point proposal. This proposal emphasizes that negotiations are not possible unless Moscow withdraws its troops from the 25% of Ukraine’s territory that it is occupying illegally.

The United States and European powers, led by Germany and France, currently believe that Ukraine should determine the terms and conditions for negotiations to end the conflict. Scholz noted that while both sides have previously negotiated on various issues with international mediators such as prisoner exchanges and security at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, it would be best if Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his army to leave Ukraine altogether. However, despite this statement by Scholz, Germany remains Ukraine’s second-largest military ally after the US.

Scholz has also been making headlines recently for his efforts in preventing a Russian nuclear attack on Ukraine at the end of 2022. According to Rolf Mützenich of SPD’s foreign affairs committee, Chancellor Scholz asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to communicate with Putin about atomic weapons never being used again. Xi reportedly intervened with Putin and deterred any threat from him towards Ukraine.

In conclusion, while Germany has been vocal in supporting Ukraine during their ongoing conflict against Russia, they are now exploring ways to initiate peace negotiations through diplomatic means rather than military intervention. The discussions will take place discreetly as they look for a way forward for both sides involved in this conflict.

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