Merkel Putin Tackle Tough Topics In Meeting Outside Berlin

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MESEBERG, Germany – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met outside Berlin on Saturday for talks ranging from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, to Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire.

Standing beside Putin, Merkel said both countries – but especially Russia as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council – had a responsibility to tackle these problems.

She said she planned to raise human rights issues with Putin, and discuss bilateral relations, strained since Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.




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