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Putin: Germany should change its position

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel

As part of the Russian-German forum “Petersburg Dialogue”, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the possibility of introducing a visa-free regime, the situation with Pussy Riot and Germany’s independence is questions of foreign policy.

To the question of the terms of introducing a visa-free regime, Merkel said the terms will be long. This is something that was apparent a long time ago. She reminded that there will soon be introduced a whole package of reliefs.

According to Putin, the visa problem exists and is an apparent limit in the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, said on Kremlin’s homepage kremlin.ru.

Putin reacted sharply to Merkel’s statement that Germany is trying to form a joint policy within the European Union. “Please note what the Federal Chancellor said. She said: ”First we ask advices from 26 countries, then we express a joint position.” This is called a cartel in economics. Cartels are always bad news. One should have a personal position,” – said Putin.

The situation with Pussy Riot was also discussed. According to Merkel, there are talks in Germany about some actions local governments should take, “but is it really necessary to send two young girls to prison for this? I wouldn’t know if it had happened in Germany,” – said Merkel.

“The Federal Chancellor mentioned the young ladies that are currently in prison for what they did at the church. But does she know that one of them hanged a stuffed mannequin shaped to resemble a Jew, and said that Moscow should be cleansed of such people? We cannot support people that take anti-Semitic positions, and I would ask you to consider this. The problem should be looked at from different perspectives,” – parried Putin.

The “Petersburg dialogue” is an open forum for discussing popular matters in Russian-German relations. Meetings are held annually in Russia and Germany. Politicians, culture representatives, and representatives of Russian and German mass media all participate.

BNN offers you a video from a meeting of the “Petersburg dialogue”.

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