German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Sees Progress in De-Escalating Tensions Over Ukraine
After intense diplomatic efforts in recent days, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz sees “progress” towards a de-escalation of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
“The mission is to ensure security in Europe, and I believe we will get there,” Scholz said during a press conference with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Wednesday.
“If you compared with the situation a few weeks ago, there are now bilateral talks between the United States and Russia, there are talks between NATO and Russia (…), there are also talks about the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which is again a discussion platform on security in Europe,” said Angela Merkel’s successor.
Scholz has been criticized in recent days for his discreet stance in the mounting tensions between Moscow and Kyiv. He would also be too lenient towards Russia. However, in recent days, the German head of government has been present on all fronts. On Monday, he visited US President Joe Biden. Scholz will travel to Ukraine and Russia next week.