Germany's Scholz And Russia's Putin Discuss Ukraine In First Call

Germany's Scholz And Russia's Putin Discuss Ukraine In First Call

Andrew H. Sweet

According to a German government statement on the call, Escalating tensions in Ukraine dominated the discussion. The two leaders "discussed the increased Russian military presence near Ukraine."

Berlin first initiated the move after a German court ruled last week that Russia was behind a 2019 assassination of a man in Berlin's Tiergarten park. Russia responded on Monday with diplomat expulsions of its own.

A key leverage point for Germany over Russia could be the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany — although Scholz has recently warned against linking the project to economic sanctions, calling it a "private sector project."

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