Contents tagged with Merkel

  • Merkel calls for renewed dialogue with Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is leaving her post in September, has begun lobbying for resetting relations with Russia.

    On Thursday, during her last speech in the Bundestag, Merkel said it was necessary to resume direct contacts with President Vladimir Putin, suspended after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

    "In my opinion, we as the European Union must also seek direct contact with Russia and the Russian president. It is not enough for the U.S. president to talk to the Russian …

  • Macron, Merkel and Zelensky to discuss situation in Donbas without Putin

    Leaders of the "Normandy Four" countries will soon hold talks on Donbas without the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, citing a source in diplomatic circles.

    The interlocutor of the newspaper claims that the conversation of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take place this week. The leaders of the countries will discuss the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas and …

  • Putin, Macron and Merkel to discuss Donbas without Zelensky

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the situation in the Donbass without Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said the spokesman of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.

    According to Peskov, the joint video conference of the leaders of Russia, France and Germany is not being prepared as an event of the Normandy Four. Peskov added that one of the topics of the talks will be the Donbas.

    The …

  • Ukrainian President says he is ready to meet separately with Putin, Merkel and Macron to discuss Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is ready to meet with each of the leaders of the "Normandy Four" if negotiations on the Donbas are postponed, Zelensky said at the forum "Ukraine 30. Culture, media, tourism" in Kyiv, UNIAN reports.

    He said that Kyiv is now "in any case" preparing for a meeting in the "Normandy format" with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France. But, according to him, if this does not happen, he is ready to personally talk with each of the leaders.

    "If, as they say, " …

  • Navalny says Putin is behind his poisoning

    Prominent Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok. "I state that Putin is behind this crime, and I have no other version of what happened," he said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine.

    Navalny stressed that he has no fear and intends to return to Russia. "My task now is to remain fearless. And I have no fear!" he said. Recalling the moment of poisoning, Navalny said, "You don't feel any pain, but …

  • Merkel: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny

    Germany is waiting for a response from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and will then discuss a possible response in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

    "This is not a bilateral case, it is a crime that took place on Russian territory, a violation of the convention on chemical weapons, so it is an international issue. We are waiting for the results from the OPCW and then we will discuss …

  • Merkel's possible successor accuses Putin of refugee crisis

    One of the leading politicians from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Friedrich Merz harshly criticized the policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "This man and his army are bombing hospitals, kindergartens, schools and nursing homes," Merz said in a video interview with Bild, referring to the war in Syria. According to the politician, the influx of refugees to Europe is largely caused by "barbaric military actions by the Russian army, for which Putin is responsible."

    Syria has been …

  • Merkel decides to no longer defend Nord Stream 2

    The poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who, according to Germany, was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, seems to put an end to the North Stream-2 gas pipeline, which cost 10 billion euros and was stopped by U.S. sanctions.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who for years defended the pipeline from attacks by the United States and Eastern European countries, abandoned her unequivocal position.

    Berlin will not decide on its own the fate of the project, which was half paid for by European …

  • Putin refuses to explain to Merkel situation with Navalny’s poisoning

    Vladimir Putin does not plan to issue any statements in connection with the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who, according to German experts, was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

    The Kremlin "sees no reason" for comments from the head of state, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

    The day before , German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded an explanation of what happened, calling the poisoning of Navalny an "attempt to silence him".

    At the moment, there have been …

  • Putin asks Merkel not to interfere in the situation in Belarus

    On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the crisis in Belarus, which has been hit by mass protests for more than a week, in which two people were killed and hundreds were tortured in the detention center.

    During a telephone conversation with Putin, Merkel said that it was necessary to stop violence against Belarusian citizens who reject the results of the presidential elections, after the Central Election Committee awarded …