After a phone conversation between Joe Biden And Olaf Scholes During this Wednesday (16), German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said the two leaders still believed in the situation. Ukraine Should be considered “very serious”.
Hepstead said in a statement that “maximum vigilance” was needed as Russian troops had not been significantly withdrawn so far.
Putin and Scholes at the ‘Great Table’ meeting in Moscow on February 15, 2022 Photo: Sputnik / Michael Clementev / Kremlin via Reuters
According to the public statement, it is hoped that progress will be made on the implementation of the Minsk protocol signed between Biden and Scholes. Russia, Ukraine, Germany And end the conflict in the eastern part of France Ukraine.
NATO says it sees no clear sign of Russia’s retreat in Ukraine
The agreement was signed shortly after the annexation of Crimea by the Russians in 2014, but it was not fully complied with and was the main objective of peace between the two countries.
To some experts, the Kiev agreements meant the restoration of its integrity in the region; For the Russians, the deal offers the opportunity to exercise veto power over their future Ukraine.
Tuesday, the Russia Announced The beginning of the withdrawal of some troops Those who carried out military exercises on the border with UkraineAnd the Ministry of Defense said the soldiers were returning to their bases.
According to Interfax, a spokesman for the ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said that key military exercises in the region were not over, but that soldiers from the southern and western districts would finish their maneuvers and return to the bases. It was not specified how many soldiers would have to leave the area.
The initiative was welcomed Joe Biden And other Western leaders, but still cautiously, could not verify it yet.
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