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Germany: Putin and Merkel open world's biggest tech and industry expo

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April 8, 2013 at 14:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Putin and Merkel open world's biggest tech and industry expo

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference discussing international relations at the Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany on Monday.

Putin's visit to Germany's most renown industrial fair is no coincidence. The Russian head of state called Germany Russia's "most important European partner", highlighting the massive trade relationship. Official figures put the 2012 trade volume between Germany and Russia at an all time high of €80 billion ($104 billion). According to German statistics, the two European giants have done trade valued at €348 billion ($452 billion) since 2008 with Germany being Russia's third largest trading partner.

While the leaders will discuss expanding cooperation in industry and technology, Putin's visit is overshadowed by recent Russian investigations into numerous foreign sponsored non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating within Russia.

On the escelating crisis with North Korea, Merkel said, "Provocations, how I would call them, which we are experiencing from North Korea at the moment and especially when it comes to North Korea we agreed that the international community needs to influence soothing but also make clear that North Korea ends the provocations."

To which Putin replied, "We're against the distribution of weapons of mass destruction; we're for the de-nuclearisation of the whole Korean Peninsula. And, finally, the most important point - regarding your question - I have to admit, we are worried about the escalation on the Korean Peninsula, because we're neighbours, and, if, God forbid, something happens, then well-known Chernobyl would seem to be much of a fairytale"

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Germany: Putin and Merkel open world's biggest tech and industry expo

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference discussing international relations at the Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany on Monday.

Putin's visit to Germany's most renown industrial fair is no coincidence. The Russian head of state called Germany Russia's "most important European partner", highlighting the massive trade relationship. Official figures put the 2012 trade volume between Germany and Russia at an all time high of €80 billion ($104 billion). According to German statistics, the two European giants have done trade valued at €348 billion ($452 billion) since 2008 with Germany being Russia's third largest trading partner.

While the leaders will discuss expanding cooperation in industry and technology, Putin's visit is overshadowed by recent Russian investigations into numerous foreign sponsored non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating within Russia.

On the escelating crisis with North Korea, Merkel said, "Provocations, how I would call them, which we are experiencing from North Korea at the moment and especially when it comes to North Korea we agreed that the international community needs to influence soothing but also make clear that North Korea ends the provocations."

To which Putin replied, "We're against the distribution of weapons of mass destruction; we're for the de-nuclearisation of the whole Korean Peninsula. And, finally, the most important point - regarding your question - I have to admit, we are worried about the escalation on the Korean Peninsula, because we're neighbours, and, if, God forbid, something happens, then well-known Chernobyl would seem to be much of a fairytale"

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