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Spanish leader calls for negotiations with Putin to end Ukraine war

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By UMMUL IDRIS

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

MADRID- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine.

Sánchez made the comments on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“It is important that we maintain contact with Putin as well,” Sánchez said in Davos.

“I strongly advocate, for example, that the French government and the German government… take the lead here.”

He said it would be conceivable to return to talks involving Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, in the Normandy format established before the outbreak of the war.

The other EU member states would support Paris and Berlin in such an initiative, Sánchez said.

Earlier, Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares expressed reservations about a possible delivery of Leopard battle tanks from his country to Ukraine.

“This possibility is not on the table at the moment,” he said.

His comments came as Western governments weigh their responses to Kiev’s calls for more powerful fighting vehicles.  (dpa/NAN)

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