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Russia-Ukraine conflict: Scholz to host G7 meet in Germany on February 24

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Berlin: A meeting of the G7 leaders will be held on February 24 under the chairmanship of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as part of Germany’s chairmanship in the group, German Federal Government Deputy Spokesman Wolfgang Buchner said on Friday.

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“On Thursday, February 24, the chancellor invited the G7 heads of states and governments to a virtual meeting within the German chairmanship in the G7. The meeting is aimed to prepare for the G7 summit, which will be held from June 26-28 at Schloss Elmau (castle) in Bavaria,” Buchner told a briefing in Berlin.

The participants will discuss foreign policy issues, including “the geopolitical situation related to the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border,” according to the spokesman.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced only the withdrawal of units from Russia’s Western and Southern Military Districts. As these districts are closest to Ukraine, the troops could easily be sent back to the border, if needed.

It is to be mentioned that on Wednesday afternoon, Russia had announced the end of Crimea military drills, and that troops were ready to recede after a long standstill, “Russia says military drills in Moscow-annexed Crimea have ended and soldiers are returning to their garrisons, a day after it announced a first troop pullback from Ukraine’s borders. State television shows images of military units crossing a bridge back to the mainland,” as per media reports.

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However, experts are sceptical and have raised questions whether it is a tactic, and whether these troops are being replaced or being rotated, since they have been deployed in cold weather for a long time.

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