Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz began in Moscow Tuesday, the latest meeting in weeks of diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions over Ukraine.
“Unfortunately, we will devote a significant portion of our time to issues related to the situation in Europe and to security,” including Ukraine, Putin said during opening remarks at the beginning of the talks.
The meeting also follows a visit to Russia from French President Emmanuel Macron last week.
The Russian president said that energy issues would also be on the agenda.
The Kremlin earlier Tuesday confirmed a pullback of some Russian forces from Ukraine’s borders but said the move was planned and stressed Russia would continue to move troops across the country as it saw fit.