Contents tagged with Merkel

  • Merkel: construction of Northern Stream 2 gas pipeline has to be completed

    At a briefing after the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it is necessary to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which should allow Russian gas to flow to Germany bypassing the Ukrainian gas transportation system.

    "We talked about the Nord Stream project, of course. This project is legitimized through new European legislation. We need to see it through. Germany and other European countries will benefit from the Nord Stream. Everyone is …

  • Merkel to visit Russia at Putin's invitation on January 11

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive in Russia on January 11 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reported the press service of the Kremlin. The leaders of the two countries plan to discuss the crisis in the Middle East after the assassination by U.S. forces of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

    The parties also plan to discuss the situation in Syria, Libya and the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, including the implementation of the agreements reached at the …

  • Merkel and Macron welcome exchange of prisoners in Donbas

    German government deputy spokesperson Martina Fitz wrote on her Twitter that Berlin and Paris welcome the exchange of prisoners between the parties involved in the military conflict in the Donbas.

    As Fitz noted, the exchange should help restore trust between the parties and establish a ceasefire. "Amid the celebration of the New Year and Orthodox Christmas, today's exchange has become a humanitarian gesture that everyone was expecting for a long time," said Fitz.

    The exchange is the proof of …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Merkel is not offended after she was mentioned in Zelensky-Trump conversation

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that no one should be surprised because of the words that leaders of different countries use in confidential telephone conversations, reports German news agency RND.

    According to Prystaiko, Trump "reminded" Zelensky that "because of their geographical proximity, the Europeans should do more for the security" of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian President agreed with Trump.

    Prystaiko also said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not offended by the …

  • Merkel speaks against US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke against the sanctions that the United States intends to impose on the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, reports Focus.de news outlet.

    Merkel said she sees no other solution to this issue than to discuss sanctions.

    "I would like to note that negotiations on a gas contract with Ukraine are continuing," said Merkel.

    The United States is trying to increase pressure on Germany by imposing sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.

    On December 17, the US …

  • Putin and Merkel discuss Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    During a telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the possibilities of Russian gas transit through Ukraine in 2020 and the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, reports the Kremlin's press service.

    Putin and Merkel also positively assessed the Normandy Four Summit, which was held in Paris on December 9.

    Also, the leaders discussed the situation in Libya. According to the report, the parties noted the need to …

  • Merkel demands more money for German Armed Forces because of situation in Eastern Ukraine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a weekly televised statement, which is published on German Government's website, that the situation in Eastern Ukraine forces NATO member countries to reconsider the Alliance's defense strategy.

    "Because of the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, the topic of national defense and Alliance defense came into focus," said German Chancellor. According to her, the German Armed Forces need financial resources to perform the defense functions.

    " …

  • Putin and Merkel discuss gas transit to Europe via Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation to discuss the continuation of Russian gas transit to the EU through Ukraine after 2019, reports the Kremlin’s press service.

    According to the Kremlin’s press service, Putin and Merkel discussed the transit in connection with the beginning of the next stage of the trilateral gas consultation of Russia, the EU, and Ukraine in Brussels. The parties are working on a decision on gas transit after the …

  • Merkel and Putin discuss Normandy Four meeting

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed preparations for the Normandy Four summit during a telephone conversation, reports RIA news agency, citing the spokesperson  of the German Cabinet Steffen Seibert.

    "The main topic of their talk was the preparations to hold the Normandy Four summit as soon as possible. Also, they discussed the situation in Syria and Libya, as well as ongoing negotiations on the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine," said …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky holds telephone conversation with Merkel

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said that the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held the fifth telephone conversation. There is an extremely friendly, trusting personal contact between the two leaders, and it is our most powerful political weapon for the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine," said Melnyk.

    The Ukrainian …