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September 20, 2023

Scholz calls for Russia to comply with troop withdrawal request

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on Russia to comply with the UN General Assembly request in February to withdraw troops and end its war in Ukraine.

That request, Scholz said, had gone unanswered.

"Nothing rings louder today than Russia's silence in response to this global call for peace," Scholz said in his address to the UN Security Council.

"Tens of thousands of servicemen and Ukrainian civilians have been killed. Countless Ukrainian children have been kidnapped. Russian troops have murdered, raped and tortured. They are razing towns and villages to the ground," Scholz said

Germany's chancellor also accused Russia of purposefully depriving the world market of millions of tons of grain and fertilizer needed by countries around the world.

"Russia is deliberately targeting grain silos and port infrastructure. And Russia has unilaterally taken away the Black Sea Grain Initiative, thereby exacerbating poverty and food insecurity around the world," Scholz said.

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