German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in January. This is reported by Bild.
"Scholz is striving for a new beginning in relations with the Russian Federation, which is why he plans to meet with Vladimir Putin this month," the message says.
It is noted that during the upcoming meeting, Scholz plans to raise the issue of gas and Ukraine.
The publication also says that Chancellor's foreign policy adviser Jens Pletner has already been preparing a meeting between Scholz and the Russian leader in January for two weeks.
However, this situation leaves the Greens behind, who are generally more critical of Russia, especially on foreign policy issues and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
In addition, observers in Germany have repeatedly said that Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock has a different view of building relations with Moscow than Social Democrat Scholz.
The adviser to the German Chancellor for foreign policy Jens Pletner and the political adviser to the Russian President Dmitry Kozak have planned negotiations on the situation around Ukraine for the next month.
Prior to this, the representative of the German government, Steffen Hebeshtreit, said that any format of negotiations with Russia on the settlement of the situation around Ukraine is acceptable for Germany.
Also on December 21, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, the German leader called on the Russian Federation for de-escalation on the border with Ukraine.