Merkel is coming to Putin, he will talk without a translator



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Merkel is coming to Putin, he will talk without a translator



Russian President Vladimir Putin expects German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow today to discuss primarily Iran-US tensions and the war in Libya, in which Berlin wants to play the role of peace broker, the agencies said.

The main topic of talks will be “the situation in Syria and Libya, as well as escalation of tensions in the Middle East following US air strikes at Baghdad airport on January 3,” the Kremlin announced.



Iranian General Kasem Sulejmani was killed in a US airstrike, heightening fears of a new conflict in the region as Iran responded by firing missiles at US forces in Iraq.

A few days after the US attack, a Ukrainian plane crashed shortly after taking off near Tehran, and on Saturday Iran admitted that it had accidentally, by human error, crashed the plane.

Merkel wants to talk about “the current foci of crisis” in the Middle East, spokesman Steffen Seibert said earlier this week. “Russia is an important player on the world stage. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, it is necessary to resolve political conflicts,” Seibert said, as quoted by German dpa.

The escalation of tension is a “key reason” for the Merkel-Putin meeting

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who also arrives for talks in Moscow, said escalation of tensions was “a key reason” for the Merkel-Putin meeting. Berlin wants to play the role of mediator in the crisis, does not want the country to turn into “another Syria,” French news agency AFP reports.

The two leaders last met last month in Paris to re-open talks on a ceasefire in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Russia has also expressed support for the German peace plan in the conflict-stricken Libya.

Merkel has one of the longest working relationships with Putin, of all world leaders.

Given her fluent Russian and his command of German – Putin worked as a KGB official in Dresden – two world leaders can talk without a translator.

Merkel is coming to Putin, he will talk without a translator

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