Russian president Vladimir Putin will on Saturday in Germany for a meeting with chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the conflict in Syria and the Ukraine, announced Monday the German government. The two leaders will meet around 16: 00 GMT (18: 00 local) in the castle of Meseberg, a residence of the German government located 70 km north of Berlin, in the middle of the countryside. The spokesman of the German chancellor, Steffen Seibert, has only specified that it would be a matter of “the war in Syria,” “the situation in the east of Ukraine” and “issues in economic-energy”.
Contacts at the highest level between Russia and Germany have since taken over a few months, while the relationships were icy since 2014 and the start of the conflict in Ukraine. Ms. Merkel travelled to Sochi in may for his first visit to Russia since one year. She has also been quietly at the end of July the chief of the Russian general staff, Valery Gerasimov, within the scope of european sanctions due to the conflict in ukraine, and the minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. These had then been received just as quietly by the president of france Emmanuel Macron.
Russia accused of supporting the separatists of the East Ukrainian
Germany and France are the sponsors of the peace process in Ukraine, which today seems to have stalled. Russia is accused by Kiev and the west to provide military support to the separatists in eastern ukraine, which it denies.
Another theme of importance for Berlin and Moscow, the construction and putting into service at the end of 2019 of the gas pipeline Nord Stream II through the Baltic sea, which should supply Europe in Russian gas, bypassing Ukraine. Ms. Merkel wants to obtain guarantees that Kiev remains an active player in the gas transit. In Syria, Germany plays a secondary role in the committed coalition against the group islamic State, but it has close relationships with actors in the region, such as Turkey or the Kurds of Iraq. Berlin also hosts hundreds of thousands of syrian refugees.
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