Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has issued a warning to Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, and Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor of Germany, to refrain from increasing armament sales to Ukraine because he believes it might lead to more instability.
According to the Kremlin, Putin made his remarks during a three-way telephone call with the leaders of France and Germany on Saturday. In this call, he allegedly warned against the continued transfer of Western weapons to Ukraine and blamed the disruption to global food supplies caused by the conflict on Western sanctions.
The phone call between Putin and Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz lasted for a total of 80 minutes.
According to a statement released by the chancellor's office, the two "insisted on a rapid ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian soldiers."
According to the Kremlin, the leader of Russia stated that Moscow was willing to resume negotiations with Kyiv at any time. There was no mention of the potential of Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, having direct conversations anywhere in the document.
Since the beginning of the Russian military offensive, discussions between Russian and Ukrainian delegations have taken place in-person and through the use of video links; however, these discussions have suddenly come to a standstill.
The French presidency added that Macron and Scholz asked Putin to release 2,500 Ukrainian fighters who were holed up inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol and who later surrendered to the Russian army. These individuals were requested to be released by Macron and Scholz, according to the French presidency.
According to Putin, "erroneous economic and financial policies of Western countries" are to blame for the challenges of delivering grain to global markets.
According to the Kremlin, Putin informed Macron and Scholz that Russia is willing to help discover possibilities for the unfettered sale of grain, including the shipment of Ukrainian grain from the ports on the Black Sea. The Kremlin said that Putin made this statement.
"An increase in the supply of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products would also help decrease tensions on the global food market," which will, of course, require the applicable sanctions to be lifted. "This will require the lifting of relevant sanctions."
Because to Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and western sanctions, supply of fertilizer, wheat, and other commodities coming from those two nations have been hampered. This has fueled fears about the possibility of shortages and hunger occurring in other parts of the world.
Together, Russia and Ukraine are responsible for the production of thirty percent of the world's wheat supply.
To compete with Russia's firepower in the ongoing offensive in Donbas, Ukrainian officials have been pressing Western nations for more sophisticated and powerful weapons, especially multiple launch rocket systems. Putin's latest warning about Western weaponry comes at the same time as this push for Western nations to provide more advanced weaponry.
On Friday, many news outlets reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden was making preparations to ship long-range missile systems to Ukraine. However, the United States Department of Defense refused to corroborate these reports.
Long-range weapons like M777 howitzers is among the longer-range armament that has been sent to Ukraine by the United States and its allies under the administration of former Vice President Joe Biden in order to fight back against the invading forces of Russia. The United States House of Representatives approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine on May 11. This aid package includes $8.7 billion to replenish US armament inventories that were supplied to Ukraine.
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