He added that last month's wheat delivery agreement could be a step in that direction.
"The good news is that the Kremlin wants an agreed solution. The first success is the wheat agreement, which could perhaps be slowly extended to a ceasefire," Schrder told Stern weekly and RTL/ntv, adding that he met Putin in Moscow last week.
It was June 13, 1999, and Uli Reinhardt, a photojournalist from the German news magazine Stern was due to meet his colleague Gabriel Gruener at 6pm in the southern Kosovo city of Prizren.
But Gruener would never arrive for the meeting, and could not be contacted by mobile phone because Kosovo's telecommunications system had been damaged in the war.