21:30 GMT24 February 2021
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    Activists of a German peace initiative appealed to German Chancellor for the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian conflict and an organization of a multilateral conference with Russia’s participation to discuss possible way outs.

    Members of the German peace initiative Bad Tolz-Wolfratshausen wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to express their concerns about the situation in Ukraine and promote peaceful resolution of the crisis, Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote.

    The activists called for the military disarmament and organization of a European peace conference involving the United States and Russia, taking into account increasing tensions between NATO and Russia.

    "Stop escalation! No soldiers and weapons to Ukraine! No to war!" the appeal said, receiving support of around 1000 people.

    The escalation of the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, further anti-Russian sanctions, US weapons supplies to Ukraine as well as the increase of NATO forces from 13,000 to 40,000 soldiers are the main factors driving German citizens in appeals of that kind.

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    The first call for peace was made by the members of the initiative in April. At that time, Merkel replied she took opinions and demands of the people "very seriously," but made no further comments.

    According to the newspaper, the activists are planning to continue collecting signatures.

    "We want to use the campaign to promote a public debate and oppose the growing war rhetoric in politics and the media," Andreas Wagner, member of the peace initiative said.

    He also added that dialogue and reconciliation of interests are the only ways to resolve the crisis, while threats and sanctions are inefficient and contribute to the escalation of the conflict.


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