The G20 raises the pressure against Putin: Olaf Scholz said that Russia will have to recognize that the only way out is to withdraw troops from Ukraine

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The German chancellor said that “the important thing now is that it put an end to its war of aggression”. He joined direct criticism from the UK, US and other countries at the summit

The G20 raises the pressure against Putin: Olaf Scholz said that Russia will have to recognize that the ú The only way out is to withdraw the troops from Ukraine

Olaf Scholz (Reuters)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared on Tuesday in the framework of the G20 summit in Indonesia that sooner or later Russia it will have to accept that withdrawing its troops from Ukraine is the only way out.

”In the end the moment will have to come when Russia recognizes and accepts that it has We have to get out of this situation and one of the demands is the withdrawal of the troops”, said Scholz in an appearance before the press.

Regarding the proposal of ten points to achieve peace in Ukraine presented by the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, Scholz reiterated that “The important thing now is that Russia ends its war of aggression and withdraws its troops.”

He added that this is the basis for achieving a situation in which peace can be negotiated, a peace that cannot be dictated from the Russian perspective, because neither Ukraine nor the international community would accept it, he said.

In this sense, he was in favor of maintain dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he has done in recent months.

The G20 raises the pressure against Putin: Olaf Scholz said that Russia will have to recognize that the ú The only way out is to withdraw the troops from Ukraine

Vladimir Putin, absent at the summit (SputniK/Reuters)

“I think it's the right thing to have a constant dialogue in which we also discuss precisely the issues that we see differently,” he said, recalling that before, as well as during the war, he has held talks not only with the Ukrainian president, but also with the head of the Kremlin.

Scholz also referred to the G20 draft agreement in which, he stressed, it is made clear that “this war of aggression is unacceptable ”, that everything possible must be done to counteract the impact it has on the rest of the world, and that “the use of nuclear weapons is out of the question”.

”That is the consensus that little by little is being imposed here”, celebrated the chancellor.

More pressure from the G20

On the first day of the leaders' summit there was an increase in pressure from the majority of member countries against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but also gestures of agreement by all parties that mark a change in the face of the rudeness of recent months .

G20 raises pressure on Putin: Olaf Scholz said Russia will have to recognize that the only way out is to withdraw the troops from Ukraine

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz in Bali (Reuters)

Russia was represented at the summit by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov because President Vladimir Putin avoided the meeting presumably to avoid an image of total isolation in this forum and being the target of a barrage of criticism.

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan were some of the countries that were most forceful against Moscow in their interventions in the first session of the summit, accusing it of using food and energy as a weapon of war or of attempting against the global economic stability, and urging him to end the conflict.

All of them have promoted a joint declaration that is expected to be approved on Wednesday, and in which most of the club of The Twenty will firmly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and denounce its devastating consequences on a human and economic level.

In this context of tension and discrepancies due to the war, the Indonesian presidency of the G20 has made commendable efforts to conciliate all the participants and move forward with a minimum agreement that allows the summit to be “saved”, according to different sources. diplomatic.

The hosts even asked attendees to avoid gestures such as getting up during the sessions, Michael Vatikiotis, an analyst at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, told EFE.

Dialogue stopped

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday dismissed as “unreal and inadequate” the proposals presented during the G20 summit by Ukraine to start peace negotiations.

The G20 raises the pressure against Putin: Olaf Scholz said that Russia will have to recognize that the ú The only way out is to withdraw the troops from Ukraine

Russian reservists recruited during the partial mobilization of troops attend a ceremony before leaving for the conflict zone (Reuters)

“kyiv categorically refuses any negotiations and presents conditions that are unrealistic and inappropriate given the situation,” Lavrov told the Russian press at the end of his participation in the G20 summit in Bali, which he is attending on behalf of the president. Russian, Vladimir Putin.

The head of Russian diplomacy added that he also conveyed this position to the French leader, Emmanuel Macron, with whom he had a brief meeting within the framework of the summit.

”I had a brief conversation today with President Macron, who reaffirmed his intention to continue contacts with President Putin to find some kind of agreement that can resolve the situation,” he said.

< p class="paragraph">Speaking by videoconference at the G20, Volodimir Zelensky categorically refused to make concessions to the Russian side and announced a series of proposals that were in turn presented to the group's leaders in a document.< /p>

The G20 raises the pressure against Putin: Olaf Scholz said that Russia will have to recognize that the ú The only way out is to withdraw the troops from Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Kherson (Ukraine) on November 14, 2022. Press Service of the Presidency of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

Proposals include guaranteeing nuclear safety, guaranteeing “the right to food for every person in the world”, guaranteeing “energy security” and others.

Zelensky also called for the release of all prisoners of war, the implementation of the UN Charter to restore Ukrainian territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory and the cessation of hostilities.

(with information from EFE)

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