Most Germans want talks with Russia – opinion poll


More than 60% of respondents were against supplying more heavy weapons to Ukraine

The majority of Germans want the West to take concrete steps to start talks with Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine, a recent survey shows.

The poll, which was published Wednesday on behalf of the German RTL/ntv-Trendbarometer, was conducted from August 26 to 29, with 1,011 people taking part.

According to the survey, about 77% of Germans believe that the West should make concrete efforts to try and start negotiations with Russia, which could help end the conflict in Ukraine. Only 17% would be against such talks. When asked whether it is the right choice for Western leaders to continue calling Russian President Vladimir Putin, 87% of respondents answered in the affirmative, and 11% opposed.

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As for the level of German aid to Ukraine, 43% said they are satisfied with the current state of aid, while 26% want Berlin to do more and a quarter think the country is already doing too much in this regard.

The latter sentiment is especially prevalent in East Germany and among supporters of the Alternative for Germany party, the researchers noted.

While some politicians from the ruling ‘traffic light coalition’ are calling for continued supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine, even at the expense of Germany’s own army, 62% of respondents expressed skepticism as to whether this would be a wise move, while only 32% would welcome such deliveries.

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