Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will discuss the war in Syria, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and a pipeline to transfer Russians gas to Germany at the meeting near Berlin on Saturday, as Reuters reported referring to the German Government.
It was reported that the leaders will make statements before the start of the talks at the Meseberg palace without taking any questions.
“You could expect the talks to focus on bilateral relations, and certainly the issue of the Syrian conflict as well as the situation in east Ukraine and energy,” Steffen Seibert, Press Secretary of the Chancellor's office, said.
Germany’s Government wants Russia to solve the conflict in Ukraine and finalize the ceasefire in Syria. The Nord Stream 2 project also makes the relation between the states strained.
“The United States says the project will increase Germany’s dependence on Russia for energy. Ukraine fears the pipeline will allow Russia to cut it off from the gas transit business. Germany’s eastern European neighbors, nervous of Russian encroachment, have also raised concerns about the project,” the news agency reads.
Answering the question whether Russia had expressed readiness to fulfill the European demands which Ukraine remained a conduit for Russian gas to Europe, the Press Secretary said: “The talks have not concluded”.