Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Merkel-Putin talks 'worth their weight in gold'

Share this article

Merkel-Putin talks 'worth their weight in gold'
Photo: DPA
08:55 CEST+02:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to carry on the frequent "tough but constructive" contacts he has had with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Ukraine crisis, his spokesman told German TV on Sunday.

Dmitry Peskov told ZDF television that the telephone talks between Putin and Merkel were worth their "weight in gold".

The two leaders have spoken by phone at least seven times since the start of the year.
   
"That is worth its weight in gold in these heightened situations," the Kremlin spokesman said, even if it is "no secret" that their positions on the Ukraine crisis differ on many points.
   
"But the dialogue per se is extraordinarily useful and we hope that it is continued," he said.
   
Meanwhile, a German-Russian forum bringing together representatives from civil society, the Petersburg Dialogue, will go ahead as planned in April in Leipzig, even though parallel government consultations have been called off, co-chairman Lothar de Maiziere told ZDF.
 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement