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Putin and Merkel, Pushed Together by Trump, Talk Syria, Pipeline

  • Russian leader in first bilateral talks in Germany since 2013
  • Gas pipeline to Germany, Ukraine conflict also on agenda
Putin and Merkel hold joint press conference on Aug. 18 in Meseberg.
Putin and Merkel hold joint press conference on Aug. 18 in Meseberg.Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had long and detailed talks about Syria, Ukraine, Iran and other matters -- including U.S. tariffs -- when the pair met on Saturday, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Merkel and Putin also agreed to take steps to protect the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project from threats by President Donald Trump, Dmitry Peskov told reporters before the Russian delegation departed for Moscow. The two leaders believe “it is absolutely wrong to politicize this project” and that it should be completed, he said.