The President of the Russian Federation recently had quite a few European heads of government on the phone: First Karl Nehammer on Friday and now Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz.
According to the Russian account, Vladimir Putin (69) used this recent phone call to clarify: Any continuation of arms deliveries to Ukraine is “dangerous”. As a result, there is a risk that “the situation in Ukraine will continue to destabilize and the humanitarian crisis will worsen,” the “Welt” quotes Russian sources as saying.
According to the German government, the call lasted 80 minutes and was made by Scholz and Macron. The Chancellor and the French President had urged “an immediate armistice and a withdrawal of Russian troops”.
They called on the Russian President to engage in “serious direct negotiations” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict. According to the Kremlin, Putin emphasized Moscow’s willingness to resume negotiations on a solution to the conflict, which were frozen “due to the fault of Kiev”.
The current support of the Ukrainian armed forces by Germany and France is highly explosive, confirmed the top analyst of the army, Colonel Markus Reisner in the eXXpress interview: There is a risk that these nations will be classified as warring parties under international law if they deploy Ukrainian troops train them on their national territory and from their armies on the new weapon systems – for example on the Panzerhaubitze 2000.
However, it is questionable whether the Kremlin is currently risking a direct confrontation with a NATO state: This further escalation would lead to an expansion of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine into a comprehensive continental war – with all the dramatic consequences.