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Germany risks its European influence on Russian outreach

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an hour-long call on Friday. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, AFP
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LONDON - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has defended his decision to seek a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to bring a halt to the war in Ukraine.

Mr Scholz urged Mr Putin to find a diplomatic solution that would involve the withdrawal of Russian troops, according to Mr Steffen Hebestreit, the Chancellor’s spokesman.

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