“It may have been avoided”

The South African president believed that the war in Ukraine could be “avoided” on Thursday, and NATO continued to expand its military power to the east, eventually calling it “special military operations” by Moscow. He accused him of leading to a war.

“If NATO had been paying attention to warnings from its leaders and officials for years, the war could have been avoided. Its eastern expansion further exacerbated the region’s instability. It will make it worse, “said Cyril Ramaphosa. Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking in parliament, Ramaphosa defended South Africa’s approach of being open-minded in conflict. The country enjoys heartfelt bilateral relations with Russia, Ukraine, and the West.

“Our position is very clear, and I said that there are people like Russia who insist that we should take a very hostile position and position. The approach we chose to adopt has been accepted by many and we … insist that there should be dialogue, “said the president.

“What is happening there is not desirable. It should not be happening between nations. War, violence never really solves the problem. This requires mediation, dialogue and negotiation. I claim that, “he added.

Ramaphosa also said that peace talks were underway and were in direct contact with Putin, who assured that progress was in progress. South African leaders said they had not yet talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Now, this is an important development for us. While others scream and scream, we want to focus on the outcome, the positive outcome of those negotiations and the mediation process. That’s important, “he told Congress.

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German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz spoke to the media on March 17, 2022, in a statement prior to the German Prime Minister’s meeting in Berlin, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (not seen). (Pool via Michael Son / Reuters)

On Friday, Putin told German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz on the phone that Kyiv is trying to stall peace talks, but Moscow is ready to continue.

Putin said Ukrainian negotiators, according to the Kremlin, “have tried every possible way to slow down the negotiation process and are submitting increasingly unrealistic proposals.” Read a call.

A German government spokesman said on the phone that Scholz called for a ceasefire in Ukraine. Scholz also emphasized the need to improve the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and called for finding a diplomatic solution to the war.

Mykhailo Podolyak, Zelensky’s adviser and member of Kyiv’s negotiating delegation, told Polish media outlet Wirtualna Polska in an interview Thursday that an agreement on the issue of a peace treaty could take “a week and a half”. ..

“So far, both Russian and Ukrainian delegations have remained in their place. Coordinating controversial points can take days to a week and a half. During this time, we have reached a peace agreement. We should approach the creation of, “said Podryak.

Podolyak said the immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory was an important requirement of a peace agreement.

Tom Ozimek and Reuters contributed to this report.

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