Moscow, 23 December 2021 (TDI): Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Olaf Scholz, had a telephone conversation on Tuesday, 21 December.

Vladimir Putin congratulated Olaf Scholz for his new role as Federal Chancellor. Both sides asserted their desire to further develop their bilateral ties and that they could continue to communicate via other channels.

Vladimir Putin spoke out about Russian plans to implement a long-term legally binding security guarantee. This will prohibit any expansion of NATO eastwards or the stationing of offensive weaponry systems in Russia’s borders. Moreover, the conversation between the two also included detailed comments about the Russian-US draft treaty on security. As well, the draft accord on actions that ensure the security of Russia, and NATO member states. This paper was sent to Russia’s Western allies, including Germany.

According to a statement from the Kremlin, Putin urged for “serious negotiations” over security proposals offered to the United States and NATO. They expressed that it would organize serious talks on all issues raised by the Russian side.

The Federal Chancellor demanded that the issue of settling Ukraine’s domestic conflict be examined in depth. Vladimir Putin gave an update on the situation to the audience. He stated that Kiev was refusing to honor its commitments under the 2015 Minsk Agreements, which hamper the possibility of holding a unique Normandy format summit.

In this conversation, they agreed to continue exchanging views on the discussed subjects, as well as other bilateral and international issues during future contact.