Germany said on Friday many Russians being called up to fight in the war in Ukraine do not want to take part, adding that this was welcome.

"Many Russians who are now being called up do not want to take part in this war either. This is a good sign," a government spokesperson told a regular news conference.

"A way must be left open for Russians to come to Europe and also to Germany," the spokesperson added. (Writing by Paul Carrel, editing by Rachel More)