The Polish Deputy Foreign Minister has made it clear that “there is absolutely no room” for negotiations with the president of Russia, who is currently at war with Ukraine. It was the Deputy Minister’s response to the reported policy draft of the German Social Democrats (SPD) towards Russia.
According to a draft obtained by the German press agency dpa, negotiations between the leaders of Germany and Russia are essential as “wars do not usually end on the battlefield.”
The SPD’s document, according to dpa, states that “even if, for understandable reasons, there is no longer trust in the current Russian leaders, diplomatic talks must still be possible, so further phone calls between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (an SPD member – PAP) and Russian President Vladimir Putin are due and necessary, and where possible, diplomatic initiatives must be taken.”
Commenting on the dpa report, Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a deputy foreign minister, told PAP that Russian mercenaries and soldiers had committed tens of thousands of war crimes in Ukraine.
According to Mularczyk, today the international community is primarily thinking about how to punish Putin and those responsible for war crimes in Ukraine, and about compensation for Ukraine.
In his opinion, either Russia will be defeated, and peace will be concluded on Ukraine’s terms, or there will be some action aimed at concluding “some kind of compromise or peace on Russian terms”, and, he said, “to this, there cannot be consent.”
A nine-page document obtained by dpa entitled “Social Democratic International Policy in Changing Times” indicates that negotiations with Russia have been successful in “small sub-areas”, such as grain exports via the Black Sea. Therefore, further attempts at negotiations should also concern military areas and armaments.
The SPD’s policy towards Russia before the outbreak of the war in Ukraine has been strongly criticised in recent months. The SPD election programme for 2021 still includes the sentence: Peace in Europe is only possible with and not against Russia, as quoted by the German daily Die Welt.