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Russia: Putin greets Merkel with white rose bouquet in Sochi01:31

Russia: Putin greets Merkel with white rose bouquet in Sochi

Russian Federation, Sochi
May 18, 2018 at 12:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin cut a lonely sight with his bouquet of white roses as he waited for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to arrive for their meeting in Sochi on Friday.It is only the second time the chancellor has visited Russia since 2014 when relations between Russia and the West significantly deteriorated.While Merkel was surprised by the bouquet, Putin was equally taken aback by the German Chancellor's impromptu Russian.The two leaders are expected to discuss the wars in Syria and Ukraine, as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Her visit also comes just one week after US President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, of which Russia and Germany are both signatories. Russian sanctions are not expected to be discussed.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin cut a lonely sight with his bouquet of white roses as he waited for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to arrive for their meeting in Sochi on Friday.It is only the second time the chancellor has visited Russia since 2014 when relations between Russia and the West significantly deteriorated.While Merkel was surprised by the bouquet, Putin was equally taken aback by the German Chancellor's impromptu Russian.The two leaders are expected to discuss the wars in Syria and Ukraine, as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Her visit also comes just one week after US President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, of which Russia and Germany are both signatories. Russian sanctions are not expected to be discussed.

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