RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE

Paris says call with Putin was ‘difficult’

Mar 12, 2022, 9:38 AM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:38 pm
FILE - Russias President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference to address participants in a congr...
FILE - Russias President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference to address participants in a congress of the United Russia party marking the 20th anniversary of the party founding. Mikhail Metzel/POOL/TASS (Photo by Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images)
(Photo by Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images)

BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him to agree an “immediate cease-fire in Ukraine.”

Scholz’s office said the 75-minute call Saturday was part of “ongoing international efforts to end the war in Ukraine.”

It said the leaders of Germany and France called on Putin to begin the process of finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Further details of the call were not released.

Separately, Scholz spoke earlier Saturday with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to get his assessment of the current situation.

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Paris says call with Putin was ‘difficult’