Putin, Merkel struggle to move past differences in tense meeting

Putin, Merkel struggle to move past differences in tense meetingBy Andreas Rinke and Denis Pinchuk SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a rare visit to Russia, said that Berlin and Moscow had to keep talking despite their disagreements, but those same differences overshadowed her talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. At a news conference following a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, diverging positions were aired over Syria, Ukraine, Russian respect for civil rights, and allegations Moscow is interfering in other countries’ elections.



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