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Rapprochement With Russia Is Now a Core Policy Objective for Germany

  • Russian and German leaders hold inconclusive meeting in Sochi
  • Putin sees ‘new opportunities,’ Merkel stops short of embrace
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Russia is an "important neighbor" to the EU, German Lawmaker Peter Beyer says.(Source: Bloomberg)
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As Donald Trump shakes up the global order, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being pushed closer toward a more predictable partner in Moscow.

When President Vladimir Putin hosted Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, both leaders did their best to keep tensions in the background compared with a year ago, when they clashed over Ukraine and Russian election meddling. Now, they’re aligned in trying to shield businesses from U.S. sanctions, defend the Iran nuclear accord ditched by Trump and rebuffing American objections to a Russian gas pipeline to Germany.