Putin fears “spark of democracy”, Germany’s Scholz says

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BERLIN (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin fears the “spark of democracy” spreading to his country, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, adding that he was trying to divide Europe and return to a world dominated by spheres of influence. Scholz was responding to a question in an interview with the Muenchner Merkur newspaper, published on the government website on Monday, on whether Putin would accept Ukraine moving closer to the European Union. “The Russian President must accept that there is a community of law-based democracies in his neighbourhood that is growing ever closer together,”…

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