Bild learns of plans of Merkel’s successor to meet with Putin in January

Bild: German Chancellor Scholz plans to meet with Russian President Putin in January Despite the opposition of some coalition members, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intends to carry out a “competent reset” of relations with Russia and is preparing a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the near future

Olaf Scholz

The new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, intends to make relations with Russia a priority in foreign policy and take this process under his personal control, according to the German newspaper Bild, without naming sources of information. According to the publication, Scholz, who replaced Angela Merkel at the head of Europe's largest economy, plans to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin by the end of January.

The Chancellor, who has led the coalition government from different forces diametrically opposed in his declarations towards Russia, is seeking a “ competent new beginning '' relations between Berlin and Moscow. This, writes Bild, was discussed in a telephone conversation between Putin and Scholz on December 21, 2021.

According to Bild, Scholz's foreign policy adviser Jens Pötner has been preparing a meeting with Kremlin head Vladimir for almost two weeks Putin '', which should take place 'before the end of January.'

At the same time, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, elected from the Greens, demonstrates the opposite rhetoric and wants to take a tougher stance towards Putin on Ukraine and human rights, while Minister of Economy Robert Habek is “ critical of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. 2 '' and does not rule out the imposition of tough sanctions. ''

European officials in Brussels are also skeptical of Moscow, the newspaper notes, as “ Putin is making every effort to get rid of the EU, '' the newspaper writes. The Russian president, according to the material, seeks to negotiate only with the United States, “ as it was in Soviet times. '' The most that Putin agrees, according to Bild, & mdash; this will allow Germany, the main buyer of Russian gas, to negotiate.

Negotiations with Scholz may take place after a security meeting between the United States and Russia in Geneva, scheduled for January 10, and consultations within the framework of the Russia & mdash; NATO.

The new government of Germany came to power on December 8 after the ministers took the oath. Since then, some of them have already made tough statements against Russia.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock announced on December 13 that Nord Stream 2 cannot be put into operation because the pipeline does not comply with European regulations. Berbock said the coalition agreement requires Nord Stream 2 complies with European energy legislation. “ Given the current state of affairs, it is not possible to approve the operation of the pipeline, since it does not comply with European rules, '' & mdash; she said.

After her words, the price of gas on the ICE exchange approached $ 1400 per 1,000 cubic meters. m.

On December 18, the Vice-Chancellor of the country and Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection of the Federal Republic of Germany Robert Habek said that Nord Stream 2; is Germany's geopolitical mistake. Nord Stream 2 was a geopolitical mistake. All European countries, except Germany and Austria, have always been against it. The pipeline has now been built. The question remains whether he will be able to enter service, '' & mdash; said Scholz's deputy.

Habek believes that the problem must be solved in accordance with European and German law. At the same time, the minister noted that the gas pipeline may not be launched at all if Moscow starts a military conflict in Ukraine, and also threatened Russia with consequences.

On December 21, the price of the January gas futures set a new historical record, exceeding the level of $ 2,150 per 1 thousand cubic meters m.

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