MOSCOW, Nov 3 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's position on to Russian President Vladimir Putin has not changed, the head of the German government, as before, demands an end to the conflict in Ukraine and the withdrawal of military forces from the country, a representative of the German cabinet of ministers told Reuters on Thursday, commenting on the statements of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Formerly, the president Turkey said that in negotiations with the German Chancellor, he felt the desire of the German politician to find a common language with the Russian leader, and that the German Chancellor had changed his position in relation to the President of the Russian Federation.
The German government denied that Chancellor Scholz had changed his position, the agency reports.
“In this conversation, the federal chancellor repeated his position,” an unnamed cabinet speaker stressed to the agency.
According to this position, Berlin, as before, demands that Moscow withdraw troops from Ukraine and start a negotiation process with Kyiv, he added. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that Russia's readiness for negotiations remains unchanged. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that the Russian authorities have never refused and never refuse to negotiate.
Erdogan held telephone conversations with Scholz on Tuesday evening. Earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the reduction in Putin's contacts with Scholz is due to the unwillingness to listen to the position of Russia.