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Scholz asks Putin not to “fall into the trap” of international division over the war in Ukraine

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz has claimed this Monday “not to fall into the trap” created by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, creating a split between Western countries and the rest over the war in Ukraine on February 24 due to the Russian President’s invasion order .

“Firstly, we must not fall into the trap set by Putin of claiming that the world is divided between the global West (…) and everyone else,” he said from the city of Elmau, where the world’s summit meeting is held, according to the G7 German public television station ZDF.

“There are democracies all over the world and they have very similar perspectives,” he hinted, before arguing that that’s why Germany invited five emerging economies to the summit – India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal and Argentina – whose leaders will become leaders this Monday take part in the acts during the day.

He has therefore defended the importance of talking to countries like India, South Africa and Senegal, which abstained from voting on a resolution condemning the war at the United Nations General Assembly in March. “The Russian war of aggression has consequences for the whole world: many countries fear a hunger crisis, many fear a massive increase in energy prices,” he argued.

“We have to stand together in solidarity. We want to show this solidarity here as well,” said Scholz, who also emphasized the importance of the G20, in which Russia is involved. “One thing is clear: the G20 must continue to play a role,” he said, as reported by the German news agency DPA.

In this sense, the German Chancellor pointed out that “there is a common belief that they do not want to torpedo the G20”, which includes major economic powers and which will hold its next summit in November in Indonesia. However, he did not clarify whether he would sit down with Putin if he attended the summit, confining himself to recalling that Indonesia had also invited the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Source europapress.es

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