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Schroeder’s Embrace With Putin Betrays Germany’s Split on Russia

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s 70th-birthday bash in St. Petersburg with President Vladimir Putin says more about splits in Germany over attitudes to Russia than his choice of friends.

Schroeder, who has had close ties to the Russian leader since his time as chancellor from 1998 to 2005, was pictured in a bear hug with Putin yesterday hours after the U.S. and the European Union announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over its aggression toward Ukraine.