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Conversation of President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lasted three hours. The meeting in the format of a working dinner was held in the suburban residence of the government of Germany for the guests of honor Meseberg, 70 km North of Berlin

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin

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The talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ended, their duration was about three hours, reports TASS.

The meeting began at about 20:00 GMT and ended at about 23:00.

From the Russian side the talks were attended by assistant to the President Yuri Ushakov and Deputy head of the Kremlin administration — press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Before the talks Putin and Merkel during a brief speech to journalists has told, what topics they plan to discuss. The German Chancellor said that the leaders will exchange opinions on the conflict in Ukraine and the situation in Syria and the agreement with Iran. In addition, it is planned to discuss bilateral relations and the situation with human rights in Russia.

“I believe that controversial issues can be solved only through dialogue”, — said Merkel.

Vladimir Putin has assured that after the launch of the pipeline “Nord stream-2” the possibility of gas transit through Ukraine will not be closed. For Russia the main thing that “the Ukrainian transit, traditional, meet the economic demands were economic in every sense of the word,” Putin explained.

Merkel told about the expectations from the meeting with Putin

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Merkel, in turn, said that Ukraine must preserve its role in the transit of gas to Europe after the completion of the construction of “Nord stream-2”.

The Russian-German chamber of Commerce (AHK), represents the interests of Russian companies in Germany and German companies in Russia, called on the leaders to discuss at the upcoming meeting, the lifting of mutual sanctions. In a statement, ECP said that for the lifting of sanctions are 94% of the respondents of the survey, which was conducted among 800 member firms of the chamber. “Of these, 37% are in favour of the immediate lifting of Western sanctions, 57% — phased”, — assured the Association.

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