Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that the problems between Russia and the West influence bilateral relations with Germany, whose senior officials were absent at the stop for the victory against fascism.
Putin stressed at the start of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, visible problems between the two countries and urged fix ‘the sooner the better “, he said.
Merkel arrived in Moscow on Sunday, a day after the central commemorations in Russia for victory and the defeat of fascism, in frank attitude to boycott the European presence in the celebrations in Moscow.
The German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier traveled for two days before his meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the heroic city of Volgograd, where he laid a wreath in tribute to the fallen combatants.
For the Russian leader, the problems with the West have a negative influence on the ties between Moscow and Berlin, and Russia is striving to resolve them and promote cooperation among both parts despite the sanctions imposed by the European Union since last year.
Putin said he would analyze with Merkel issues of bilateral relations, the development of links with the European Union and those more serious matters, including the situation in Ukraine, major Russian news agencies reported.
German Chancellor welcomed the possibility of Russia and Germany to discuss bilateral relations.
We need to cooperate, even in the most complex situations, and strive to find diplomatic ways, said the head of government.
Shortly before starting the talks with Putin in the Kremlin, Merkel laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the foot of the walls, in the Alexander Garden, where thousands people from all over the world came these days to honor Soviet fighters.
Yesterday in this same place, almost thirty foreign leaders and heads of international organizations paid tribute to the victors in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) against Nazi Germany and militarist Japan at the time.
During the presence here for the festivities Putin held talks with the leaders of Cuba, China, India, Mongolia, Czech Republic, South Africa and Zimbabwe; as well as with their counterparts in the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Eurasian Economic Union and the UN secretary general, confirmed the press service of the Kremlin.