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German CEOs Look Past Ukraine Tensions to Take Putin Meeting

  • Video call with Russian president is scheduled for March 3
  • Metro CEO to attend meeting organized by trade lobby group
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German corporate executives plan to discuss economic ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming weeks, even as the U.S. and Europe consider sanctions on the country over concerns about a conflict in Ukraine.

Organized by Berlin-based industry group Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft, the video call will take place on March 3. Wholesaler Metro AG, which has a large presence in Russia, told Bloomberg that Chief Executive Officer Steffen Greubel will attend the meeting, which was initially scheduled for this month.