PM Støre spoke with Putin for an hour on Thursday

Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) had an hour-long telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a brutal attack on a free country and an innocent people who are now being subjected to unimaginable suffering. I urged the President to end the hostilities in Ukraine, withdraw the Russian forces, and ensure access to humanitarian aid. I emphasized in particular that the civilian population in Mariupol must have access to humanitarian aid, and that the war must have a negotiated solution,” Støre noted in a press release.

Støre took the initiative for the conversation after discussing it with allies in the Nordic countries, Europe, and the USA.

On Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Støre also had a video conversation with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Sjmyhal.

“Russia is our neighboring country. It was therefore important for us to convey our views on the war directly to the Russian President. We have very sober expectations of what we can achieve, but nothing should be untested in the situation we are in now. The suffering must end. Our most important message was that Russia’s warfare must stop,” Støre said.

“We are deeply concerned about the great suffering the Russian invasion has caused. We must do what we can to find a negotiated solution to this war,” he said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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