chancellor of Germanyhandjob Angela Merkelmet the president of Russiahandjob Vladimir Putin, for the last time before leaving power, in the coming months. This is his last visit to Moscow before the German elections.
The journey takes place exactly one year after the poison, attributed to the rival’s Russian officers. Alexey Navalny, who was treated and treated in Germany, but returned to Russia, where he was arrested.
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Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in Washington, USA
After depositing flowers at the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, the German leader was received at the Russian government headquarters by Vladimir Putin, who awaited him with a bouquet of flowers.
“Although we have deep differences, we talked. And it should remain that way,” Merkel said, adding that Merkel has maintained a complex and ambiguous relationship with the Russian president throughout her 16-year term.
Merkel said several issues were to be addressed during the meeting, such as the situation in Afghanistan or bilateral relations, but did not mention the Navalny issue.
Putin said it was not just a farewell visit, but a “serious” meeting between the two stalwarts of European politics, as “many issues should be discussed.”
Merkel, who speaks Russian and grew up in East Germany, and Putin, who speaks German from her years of service with the KGB in East Germany, have always claimed to have established a genuine working relationship, despite their differences. .
Since 2005, when the chancellor came to power, he has argued harshly or ironically on a range of issues, from Syria to Ukraine to Belarus, to the cyber attacks in Moscow by Berlin or the poisoning of Navalny.
However, the dialogue between these two stalwarts of the international scene was never completely disrupted.
talks about afghanistan
Russia and Germany maintain different positions on Afghanistan.
Merkel called the situation “bitter, dramatic and terrifying”. The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, said on Tuesday that Taliban sends “positive” signals about freedom of opinion.
On this 20th official visit to Russia, Merkel ends the relationship with an exploration of failure in an issue she had established as a priority: The resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which is at a standstill.
The German chancellor will travel to Kiev on Sunday, where she will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.