Contents tagged with Merkel

  • Putin criticizes Merkel and regrets that he did not attack Ukraine earlier

    Russia should have "started earlier" to act in relation to Ukraine, and not expected to solve the situation peacefully, said Vladimir Putin at a press conference after the visit to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, for the summit of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    "Apparently, we got our bearings late, to be honest," RIA Novosti quoted Putin as saying. “ Maybe all this should have started earlier. We just hoped that we would be able to reach an agreement within the framework of the Minsk peace …

  • Merkel: lasting peace in Europe is possible only together with Russia

    At a ceremony dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a "lasting peace" in Europe is possible only if Russia is part of it.

    According to her, the attack on Ukraine was a "deep turning point" and that "all of us must take words seriously, and not to classify them as bluff from the very beginning." The ex-chancellor stressed that a lasting peace in Europe can be achieved only with the participation of Russia.

    "As …

  • Merkel says she is ready to mediate talks between Ukraine and Russia

    Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out that in the future she may become a mediator in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

    In an interview with RND news agency Merkel was asked if she was ready to be a mediator. "To date, this question has not been raised," she replied.

    Merkel also noted that last year she tried to discuss with Putin the "Normandy format" and the new order of European security, but he was not ready for the conversation.

    “On the one hand, Putin was …

  • Merkel says it was the right decision not to to accept Ukraine into NATO in 2008

    Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected harsh criticism in her address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for refusing to admit Ukraine into NATO 14 years ago. "Retired Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel remains committed to her decisions related to the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest," a spokeswoman for the former head of government said on Monday, April 4, in response to a request from the news agency dpa.

    At the same time, the statement says that the ex-chancellor fully …

  • Kyiv hopes to convince Berlin to allow supplies of weapons to Ukraine

    Ukraine and Germany can solve the problem of Berlin blocking the purchase of weapons by Ukraine through negotiations, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

    "We do have some discussions going on with some members of the Alliance about how this whole system will function. But I am convinced that we should talk about this with them [Germany] now at the bilateral level, as diplomats. Because I don't think it's an unsolvable task. We may well solve it through negotiations," Kuleba said.

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  • Polish Prime Minister accuses Merkel of legitimizing Lukashenko’s regime

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized the acting Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel for a telephone conversation with Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, the DPA agency reports.

    "The European Union should get involved in finding a diplomatic solution. But when Chancellor Merkel called Mister Lukashenko, she contributed to legitimising his regime, while the struggle for a free Belarus is going on for 15 months now. Lukashenko also abused his conversation with Angela Merkel. …

  • Merkel under fire over telephone call to Lukashenko

    The telephone conversation of the acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko caused sharp criticism in Germany, Estonia and Poland. The deputy of the Green Party faction and a member of the Bundestag Committee on International Affairs, Omid Nouripour, speaking on the radio station Deutschlandfunk,  called these talks "a terrible signal". He noted that the European Union does not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of …

  • Merkel: Europe will completely abandon Russian gas in 25 years

    EU countries will completely abandon gas imports from Russia within 25 years, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    According to Merkel, moving away from gas is necessary for the implementation of the policy of climate neutrality adopted by the European Union.

    "At the latest in 25 years, gas from Russia to Europe will not be exported at all or in much smaller volumes," Merkel warned. It is necessary that not only Moscow but also Kyiv …

  • Merkel to visit Russia for talks with Putin as gas prices in Europe continue to soar

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is leaving office after 16 years in power, will make her last visit to Moscow.

    On August 20, Merkel will arrive in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, reports Deutsche Welle, citing the German government’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

    Seibert did not specify the program of the visit, the first for Merkel in a year and a half, adding that after Moscow, the Chancellor will go to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    The …

  • Merkel to visit Ukraine for talks with Zelensky

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Kyiv for talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky, reported Ukrainian Presidential Spokesperson Serhiy Nikiforov on his Facebook page.

    According to him, Merkel is expected to arrive in Ukraine on August 22. During the visit, the Chancellor intends to discuss with Volodymyr Zelensky regional security, bilateral relations between Germany and Ukraine, as well as a number of other issues.

    On August 4, the Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, …