Russia threat: Merkel insists to ’stay in talks’ amid ‘worryingly tense’ situation
Germany’s Chancellor has urged Vladimir Putin to focus on dialogue as Russia continues to deploy troops to the Ukranian border. She made the remarks on Tuesday appearing at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg via video link.
Ms Merkel said: “Overall, we have a lot of conflicts with Russia that unfortunately make our relationship very difficult.
“Nevertheless, I am someone who says we must always talk.”
The Chancellor said she and French President Emmanuel Macron had “especially in recent times” discussed issues between Ukraine and Russia with Mr Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy – urging them to keep the negotiations going.
She added: “The situation is worryingly tense, especially because of Russia’s concentration of troops on the Ukrainian border. We have to stay in talks.”