On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Angela Merkel, who had ceased to act as German Chancellor the day before. According to the Kremlin’s announcement, Putin thanked his interlocutor for many years of cooperation and assured her that she would be “always welcome in Russia”.
According to the Kremlin on Thursday, the Russian president assessed that Angela Merkel had “made a significant contribution to the development of Russian-German relations” and “thanked her warmly for many years of fruitful cooperation”.
According to the Kremlin’s statement, Merkel also thanked the Russian president and “wished success in building a dialogue with the new head of the German government, Olaf Scholz,” reads the press release.
The day before, on Wednesday, Putin sent a telegram to Scholz, expressing his hope for “building constructive dialogue and cooperation on current issues of the bilateral and international agenda.” Putin assured that “relations between Russia and Germany are traditionally of great importance not only to the peoples of both countries, but also to the whole of Europe.”
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