Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside Berlin

Angela Merkel at a refugee camp in Berlin. The row over immigration almost tore the government apart this summer

Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, Putin said the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would not "close the door to shipping gas through Ukraine".

After Trump met Putin while attacking Merkel and the German economy, Janning says, "she needs to have her own contact with Putin".

Karin Kneissl is set to marry businessman Wolfgang Meilinger at a vineyard in Austria's Styria state.

His invitation was criticised by Austrian opposition politicians due to tensions between Russian Federation and the European Union over issues including Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. "While reporters were discussing his dance with the bride, Putin and Merkel had an opportunity to hold closed-door talks", Belov concluded. "It was a private visit". Kneissl is an appointee of the far-right Freedom Party, which has long-standing ties with Russian Federation.

FPO leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has expressed support for Russian Federation and called for sanctions against Moscow to be lifted.

In this handout photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at Schloss Meseberg palace, the German government retreat, at Meseberg on August 18, 2018 in Gransee, Germany.

Austria's governing coalition - led by the conservatives of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who also attended the wedding - has presented itself as a bridge builder with Moscow. Kurz also attended the wedding.

FPO leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, who joined Austria's governing coalition a year ago, praised her as a "bridge builder" as he congratulated the couple and wished them "all the luck in the world and eternal love!"

In the years since Putin's previous bilateral visit to Germany, he and Merkel have met at worldwide events including the 2017 Group of 20 summit in Hamburg. "A better advertisement for Austria, its wonderful nature, dreamlike landscape and real life hospitality can not exist!"

Mr Putin's presence at the wedding was criticised by Austrian opposition politicians.

On Iran, the Russian president said he would discuss with Merkel the Iran nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. "My main conclusion is that the meeting was constructive, some agreements were reached but it is unclear what decisions the two leaders made", he said.

A Kremlin spokesman confirmed earlier this week that that Mr Putin would be a surprise guest at the wedding of the Austrian foreign minister.

Peskov said Putin said "quite a long toast in German in which he said he was thankful and happy that he got a chance to visit the hospitable Austria".

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