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In public, Merkel took care not to criticize Putin too loudly in the first weeks of the Ukraine crisis, fearing it would backfire and make the Russian leader harden his positions.
Cold War past shapes complex Merkel-Putin relationship
On Thursday in Brussels, she said the EU would follow the United States in introducing visa bans and asset freezes unless Putin moved quickly towards a negotiated settlement on Ukraine. The new tone was a reminder of the different world views in a relationship that is based firmly on strategic interests rather than friendship.
Within weeks of leaving office, Schroeder took a job as board chairman of Nord Stream, the pipeline majority-owned by Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.
On her first visit to Moscow as chancellor she made a point of inviting human rights campaigners and opposition figures to a reception at the German embassy, something Schroeder would never have done.
More recently, the two clashed at an exhibition at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, which included German art seized by the Soviets at the end of World War Two.
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In a tense exchange at the opening last June, Merkel demanded the works be returned to Germany, only to be rebuffed by Putin. Amid the sparring, Merkel has also sided with Putin at key moments, bolstering her credibility in Moscow as an honest broker. At a NATO summit in Bucharest inMerkel refused to bow to pressure from Bush and other leaders to put Georgia and Ukraine on track for membership in the western military alliance, a move the German leader knew would infuriate Putin.
She also sided with Russia in abstaining from the U.
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel: Through good times and bad
By embracing the role of mediator, Merkel is running a big risk. She has urged western partners to give Putin more time before punishing Moscow with really punitive economic sanctions.
This stance that reflects German fears of the geopolitical consequences of an isolated Russia as much as it does concern about its business interests and energy ties.
Germany Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel: Through good times and bad He has been ruling Russia since She has been ruling Germany since Putin was the fresh-faced president of a new and modern Russia. After meeting Putin in the Kremlin, Merkel reportedly joked to her aides that she had passed the "KGB test" of holding his gaze — an allusion to Putin's earlier career in the Soviet security agency.
Talking to Merkel in Russia's Berlin embassy, Putin pledged to expand the ties between the two countries. Merkel described the dialogue as "very open. A gap in Merkel's armor The German chancellor has a well-known fear of dogs.
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Still, Putin let his black lab Konni wonder around the Sochi venue when he welcomed Merkel there in January Was he trying to intimidate her? Merkel seems to think so: Too thin-skinned on media ByVladimir Putin had taken on a harsher course towards the press and political dissenters.
When asked about media freedom while in Saint Petersburg, Merkel responded with a barely hidden jab at her fellow leader: Talks continue into the ice age Relations between Moscow and the West took a steep plunge after the annexation of Crimea in