German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Russian President Vladimir Putin switched from Russian to German in his last phone call in September.
Putin and Scholz had a telephone conversation on September 13 to discuss the situation in Ukraine, and in previous talks with Putin, Scholz noted some “progress.”
He said: “I do not see Moscow’s readiness for negotiations. The tone of the conversation was friendly despite our differences.”
Schultz told the Focus newspaper that he alternates between German and Russian when talking to Putin, and noted that his knowledge of Russian is limited to an eight-hour language course at school.
Since then, Schultz added, he and Putin have not spoken to each other again.