The Kremlin has signaled that it is open to dialogue – Germany’s Scholz

There are “significant indications” that a Russian attack on Ukraine can be averted through diplomacy given the Kremlin’s apparent interest in negotiating its security demands, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday. .

With the United States warning of an imminent invasion, Scholz told the Munich Security Conference that any attack would be a “grave mistake” with high “political, economic and geostrategic costs”. Russia denies planning an invasion. But there is “no justification” for the buildup of more than 100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders, Scholz said, calling President Vladimir Putin’s allegations of genocide in breakaway regions of Ukraine “ridiculous”. eastern Ukraine.

Yet Russia had signaled both in its conversation with Putin in Moscow earlier this week and in its response to Washington’s security proposals that it still wanted to negotiate, Scholz said. Meanwhile, the West was willing to negotiate Russia’s security demands “without being naive”. “We will make a clear distinction between unsustainable demands and legitimate security interests,” he said.

Putin has clearly dabbled in Russian history lately, Scholz said, pointing to his published texts lamenting the collapse of the Soviet Union and the demise of “historical Russia” as well as their talks this week. But the past cannot be used to justify redrawing Europe’s borders that would undermine peace on the continent, the German leader said.

“If you go back far enough in the history books, you can find patterns of wars that last a few hundred years and destroy our entire continent,” Scholz said. “Peace can only be preserved in Europe if the borders are no longer moved.” Scholz told the conference that a multipolar world was clearly emerging as new powers emerged. But that shouldn’t mean countries claiming spheres of influence for themselves, he said.

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