German chancellor to discuss Russia with France's Macron on Tuesday
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[January 21, 2022]
(Reuters) - Chancellor Olaf Scholz will discuss Russia with French
President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, said a German government
spokesperson, as major Western powers aim to resolve tensions with
Russia regarding Ukraine.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron
attend a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 10,
2021. Thibault Camus/ Pool via REUTERS
spokesperson for the German government declined to comment on a
report saying Scholz turned down an invite at short notice from
U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss the Ukraine crisis.
Macron's office said on Friday that the Jan 25 meeting in Berlin
with Scholz would discuss international security and other
topics such as the online economy, climate change and Germany's
presidency of the G7 group of leading world nations.
German magazine Der Spiegel had reported that Scholz's tripto
Madrid, many appointments and his desire to appear present
inGermany due to developments in the coronavirus
pandemiccontributed to the decision.
The top Russian and U.S. diplomats played down any prospect of
resolving differences over Ukraine at talks on Friday, but
Washington hoped they would reduce tensions over a Russian troop
build-up that has stoked fears of a new conflict.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke and Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by
Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)
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