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Putin cautions Scholz, Macron against sending heavy weapons to Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cautioned German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron against providing Ukraine with heavy weapons in an 80-minute phone call.

Moscow/Berlin, 28 May 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has cautioned German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron against providing Ukraine with heavy weapons in an 80-minute phone call.

Deliveries of more powerful weapons posed the risk of further destabilizing the situation and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, Putin said, according to a Kremlin statement issued after the call. Putin also stressed Moscow’s willingness to restart negotiations that he said were deadlocked, blaming the situation on Kiev.

Scholz and Macron called for an end to the conflict, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said. “The chancellor and the president demanded an immediate ceasefire, direct talks with the Ukrainian president and a diplomatic solution to the conflict,” Hebestreit said.

According to the Kremlin, global food security was also discussed during the call, with Putin once again blaming the “mistaken economic and financial policies of western countries” along with “anti-Russian sanctions” for the food supply problems.

Western countries have called on Russia to end its blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports through which much of the world’s grain exports pass.

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