Scholz: “We are not going to negotiate the end of the war in Switzerland”

Scholz: “We are not going to negotiate the end of the war in Switzerland”
Scholz: “We are not going to negotiate the end of the war in Switzerland”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned Tuesday against “excessive expectations” regarding the conference on Ukraine peace organized by Switzerland in June, at a time when kyiv is struggling in the face of the Russian offensive.

“We are not going to negotiate the end of the war there,” he declared in an interview published by the magazine “Stern”. “At best, this will be the start of a process that could lead to direct talks between Ukraine and Russia.”

At the beginning of May, Switzerland launched invitations to more than 160 delegations to participate in this conference from June 13 to 15.

Russia has not been invited at this stage, but the final list will only be known “very shortly before the conference,” the government said.

There will be “the question of the security of nuclear power plants, grain exports, the question of prisoner exchanges and the taboo concerning the use of nuclear weapons (…)”, regularly mentioned by Vladimir Putin, listed Mr. Scholz.

“For us, it is above all a matter of cultivating diplomatic efforts,” particularly with countries that do not support Ukraine such as China, South Africa or Brazil, he said. underlines.

The chancellor also judged that the Europeans were not doing overall “not enough” in terms of military aid to kyiv, despite repeated calls to this effect from Germany.

“In Europe, Germany delivers the most: Patriot air defense systems, battle tanks and other heavy weapons. Some countries have now made announcements, so our call has served,” he said. “But unfortunately there are not enough countries following this example.”

A situation that he considers “depressing, because Ukraine urgently needs additional air defense systems”, while the Russian president “obviously wants to destroy Ukraine’s infrastructure”.

Russian troops recently began an offensive around Kharkiv (north-east), further complicating the task for the Ukrainians, who, lacking ammunition and whose troops are exhausted, have lost the initiative on the battlefield. since the fall.

Ukraine “will need our support for a long time,” said Mr. Scholz.

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