Merkel & Putin speak to press after meeting in Sochi (VIDEO)
The two leaders had been critical of the Trump administration’s decision to violate a multilateral agreement with Iran, which both Russia and Germany consider a major achievement which needs to be preserved.
Relations between Russia and European nations have been strained since at least 2014, when a political crisis in Ukraine triggered a major row between Moscow and the West. But Germany remains a close trading partner for Russia, despite several rounds of sanctions and counter-sanctions imposed by the EU and Russia.
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