No return to pre-war ties with Russia: Scholz

AP , Monday 27 Jun 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says there can be no return to the pre-Ukraine war relationship with Russia.

Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz poses prior to a group photo of G7 leaders at the G7 summit at Castle Elmau in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. AP


Scholz said at the Group of Seven summit on Monday that with its attack on Ukraine, Russia has broken ``all the rules, all the agreements we have made with each other on countries' cooperation.''

He said G-7 leaders agree that it has led to long-term changes ``which will mark international relations for a very, very long time. So it is clear that, in relations with Russia, there can be no way back to the time before the Russian attack on Ukraine.''

Scholz was speaking after hosting the leaders of five leading democratic emerging economies at the G-7 summit in the Bavarian Alps. He noted that those countries, India, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Argentina, ''see the war in Ukraine from different perspectives, everyone knows that.''

He said that ''that's why it's important that we speak to each other about it and exchange our respective points of view.''

Scholz didn't say whether their differences narrowed as a result of Monday's discussion and took no questions.

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