China News Agency, Moscow, May 28 (Zhang Yuchen and Tian Bing) Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Scholz on the 28th to exchange views on the situation in Ukraine and world food security.

  According to a statement issued on the Kremlin's website on the 28th, Putin, Macron and Scholz had an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in Ukraine during the phone call.

Putin briefed on the latest progress of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, etc., pointing out that the Russia-Ukraine negotiations are frozen due to Uzbekistan's reasons, and he reiterated that Russia is open to resuming the Russia-Ukraine dialogue.

  Putin stressed the dangers of continued Western arms transfers to Ukraine, warning that such a move could further escalate tensions and worsen the humanitarian crisis.

  The leaders of the three countries also discussed in detail the issues of ensuring global food security.

Putin said that the wrong economic and financial policies of Western countries and anti-Russian sanctions are the real reasons for the difficulty in food supply.

Russia is ready to help find options for unhindered grain exports, including Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea ports.

He pointed out that Russia's increase in fertilizer and agricultural exports will help ease tensions in the global food market, but this requires the West to lift related sanctions.

  According to a report by Agence France-Presse on the same day, citing sources from the Elysee Palace, the French and German leaders called for the release of about 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered at the Azov steel plant during a phone call with Putin, and the lifting of the blockade on the Ukrainian port of Odessa. To avoid a global food crisis by exporting Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea.

  Interfax news agency quoted German government spokesman Herber Streit as saying that the two EU leaders insisted on Russia's immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of troops during the call, calling on Putin to negotiate directly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky , to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

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