Germany pushes for dialogue as Russia says it will overcome sanctions

President Vladimir Putin told the flagship Russia investment conference that the country’s economy would overcome sanctions which he called “reckless and senseless”.

Putin began his speech Friday at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum with a lengthy denunciation of countries he believes want to weaken Russia, including the United States. He says the United States “declared victory in the Cold War and later came to see itself as God’s own messengers to planet Earth.”

Russia has faced a wide range of sanctions after sending troops to Ukraine in February. Putin said trying to harm Russia’s economy “didn’t work”.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday it was still “absolutely necessary” for some leaders to speak directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of efforts to end the war in Ukraine. He told German news agency DPA on Friday that he and the French president would continue to do so.

Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have had several phone conversations with Putin, separately and together, since the start of the Russian invasion in late February. These contacts have drawn criticism, particularly from the Polish president, who recently declared that they contributed nothing and only served to legitimize the Russian leader.

Scholz said some leaders need to talk to Putin “and they need to be clear.”

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