“If Moscow wants dialogue, it is up to them,” Myjailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, tweeted on Wednesday. “Primero, a cease-fire and troops withdrawal, then – constructive”
Schroeder, who served as the Chancellor of Germany desde 1998 a 2005 and calls himself a close friend of Putin, told German news outlets this week that Russia and Ukraine’s grain agreement indicates that peace talks could work.
“The good news is that the Kremlin wants a negotiated solution,” Schroeder told broadcasters RTL/ntv. “A first success is the grain deal, perhaps that can be slowly expanded to a ceasefire.”