Merkel, Putin Complete 'Serious and Detailed' Talks After Three Hours, Kremlin Says
Putin and Merkel, Pushed Together by Trump, Talk Syria, Pipeline for international trade economic relations system,” Peskov said -- a clear. "We want good relations with Russia," she told reporters in Berlin. Merkel said a four-way meeting on Syria involving Germany, Russia. Merkel, Putin Exchange Views On Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Pipeline Merkel said she would also raise human rights issues and bilateral relations.
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The remarks to reporters early on August 19 by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov were the first comments after the meeting of the two leaders at Meseberg Castle north of Berlin. Few details were revealed. Officials had said the leaders would not be holding a news conference following their talks, and no other official statements were immediately released.
In his comments, Peskov said Merkel and Putin had a "general exchange of opinions" over the situation in Ukraine and that the leaders expressed regret that implementation of the so-called Minsk accords had stalled.
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The Minsk agreements are September and February pacts aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Kyiv government forces in a war that has killed more than 10, people since Peskov also said the two agreed to continue the four-party dialogue involving Russia, Germany, France, and Turkey in efforts to end the civil war in Syria.
Moscow, along with Iran, has given President Bashar al-Assad crucial support throughout the war in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed since the conflict began with a government crackdown on protesters in March The United States and the West support Syrian rebels in the war, while Turkey also backs antigovernment fighters in the country, although not always the same ones as U.
Prior to the meeting, Merkel said she would discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Putin.
Merkel, Putin to discuss Syria, Ukraine and energy
Addressing reporters at Meseberg Palace outside of Berlin before their talks, Merkel said she would also raise human rights issues and bilateral relations. Ukraine fears the pipeline will allow Russia to cut it off from the gas transit business. Germany's eastern European neighbors, nervous of Russian encroachment, have also raised concerns about the project. But Merkel has maintained that the Nord Stream project is an economic, not political matter for Germany.
She is also under pressure from German businesses to maintain ties with Russia on that and other important economic projects. Putin also called on Europe to intensify humanitarian aid to Syria, where Moscow has backed President Bashar al-Assad's war against opposition rebels and militant groups.
Merkel, Putin Exchange Views On Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Pipeline
The Russian leader also said he would discuss with Merkel the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he labelled an important agreement. President Donald Trump exited the deal in May.
Opposition politicians have accused Kneissl of undermining EU foreign policy by inviting Putin. Merkel Dampens Expectations Merkel warned on August 17 against expecting too much from her discussions with Putin.
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The two leaders last met in Sochi in May and struggled to overcome differences.