German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on Friday in the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel visited Moscow for the last time before the Bundestag elections. He will no longer run for the office of Chancellor.
During the meeting in the Kremlin, Angela Merkel stated that “although there are differences between us, it is good that we are talking to each other”. The German chancellor mentioned among the topics of talks with Putin, inter alia, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as civil society and NGOs.
The Russian president called Merkel’s visit to Moscow “farewell”, but added that it was also a substantive visit, because “there are many issues that need to be discussed in person.”
Merkel’s last visit to Moscow as chancellor of Germany
Merkel appeared in Russia for the last time before the Bundestag elections in September, in which – after 16 years as the head of the government – she will not run for the office of chancellor.
Before the talks began, Merkel laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Kremlin Wall to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.
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