NATO allies: Why Scholz and Macron continue to talk to Putin on the phone

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“We in Lithuania, however, think that it is impossible to talk to the leader of a state that is trying to redraw the map in Europe in the 21st century.”

The sentiment was doubled down on by Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krisjanis Karins who added he was “convinced that Putin will not start talks until he realises that he is starting to lose the war.”

So, why exactly do the leaders of France and Germany still hold phone calls with the Russian despot?

In March, Mr Macron said communication lines needed to be kept open with Moscow to help avoid any risk of “a new world war” developing.

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