German Chancelor: Peace in Ukraine is possible, Putin must stop the barbaric campaign

German Chancelor Olaf Scholz said today that peace in Ukraine is possible at any time if Russian President Vladimir Putin stops his, as he said, "barbaric" campaign and withdraws troops

by Sededin Dedovic
German Chancelor: Peace in Ukraine is possible, Putin must stop the barbaric campaign
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In his recent statement, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz set a key premise for achieving peace in Ukraine - the end of the "barbaric" campaign and the withdrawal of Russian troops. This statement is not just political rhetoric; it depicts the deep and complex dynamics that lie at the heart of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but how realistic is it?.

Analyzing this statement, it is necessary to explore the context, past efforts to achieve peace, as well as perspectives for future negotiations and solutions. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is not an isolated incident; it is part of a wider picture of geopolitical rivalries, cultural and ethnic identities, as well as the struggle for influence and resources.

Unfortunately, these conflicts are not new; they have roots deeply rooted in the history and politics of the region. Attempts at direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have not been rare during this conflict, but have often been marked by mistrust and breach of agreement by both sides.

"For example, immediately after the outbreak of war, Russia and Ukraine directly negotiated with each other. The negotiations then failed because Russia only used them as an excuse to simultaneously move its troops to the east for a major offensive," the German chancellor pointed out.

As Chancellor Scholz emphasized, the negotiations failed due to non-compliance with the agreement and the continuation of aggressive military actions. Unfortunately, in addition to political negotiations, the situation on the ground has escalated to the point where civilian lives are put in danger.

Incidents like the "massacre" in Buca and Irpin represent a deeply disturbing side of this conflict, where innocent people became victims of terrible crimes. Mass graves, civilians tied with wire, children and pregnant women were found in those graves, and this most likely represents the bloodiest part of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

In addition to direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, there were also attempts to mediate by international actors. However, these efforts have often encountered obstacles due to geopolitical interests and international rivalries.

"A little later, the grain agreement was discussed, with success. Unfortunately, Putin canceled it again at some point" - added Scholtz. The safety of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, as a vital infrastructural facility, has become a matter of concern for both regional and global actors.

A prisoner exchange was also a topic of negotiations, with the hope that it would ease tensions and create a basis for further diplomatic initiatives. It is crucial to note that efforts to achieve peace are complex and require time, but what is most important is mutual willingness to compromise.

In this context, Chancellor Scholz's statement about the possibility of peace at any moment is an important reminder that negotiations and dialogue are always an option. However, the condition for the success of these negotiations is the cessation of Russian aggression and the withdrawal of troops, which may seem like the correct "wish" of Scholz, but at the moment it can be called a fairy tale.

Russia is making progress and achieving good results on the battlefield, and these statements by the German chancellor seem somewhat frivolous. "A number of countries, including Ukraine, are currently talking at the level of security advisers about what might look like to lead to a peace process, but let me be very clear: peace is possible at any time.

Putin just needs to stop his ' 'barbaric' campaign and withdraw the troops" - pointed out Scholtz. Regardless of political and military goals, the price of this conflict is paid by innocent people, whose lives have been destroyed by terror and fear.

After a long time and conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo, we could once again watch ugly scenes of violence and horrific crimes in Europe. I guess that's why History is a teacher of life.

Flowers placed for those killed in the attacks on the Crocus City Hall near Moscow are seen outside the Embassy of Russia, on Ma© Leon Neal / Getty Images

In addition to the situation in Ukraine, the recent terrorist attack in Moscow further deepened the complexity and seriousness of the situation.

Undoubtedly, acts of terrorism such as this not only cause fear and panic, but also undermine the trust and stability of society. Chancellor Scholz's statement about the lack of information about the preparation of the attack in Moscow shows how important it is for the international community to remain engaged and coordinated in the fight against terrorism.

"Russia Today" reports that Scholz was apparently referring to a security alert issued by the US Embassy in Moscow on March 7, warning of plans to target large gatherings in Moscow, including concerts, and that this could happen "within the next 24 hours ".

The agency reminds that the White House also announced that it allegedly shared information about a potential attack with the Russian authorities.
Attacks like the one in "Crocus City Hall" must not go unpunished, but must also serve as an incentive to strengthen cooperation between countries in the fight against terrorism.

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