Putin/Merkel Meeting

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Putin/Merkel Meeting

by Stephen Lendman

At a time of US responsibility for dismal East/West relations, Angela Merkel will meet one-on-one with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday for the first time in two years.

According to the Kremlin press service, both leaders will discuss "key international problems, including the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, and the implementation of the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving the Ukrainian crisis," along with the current state and prospects for improving dismal bilateral relations, notably on trade.

Things were further strained after Germany's Bundestag was cyberattacked in late April 2015, falsely blamed on Moscow.

Hostility toward Russia remains intense in America and Europe, including a steady stream of anti-Russia disinformation.

Ahead of Merkel's trip, NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence director Janis Sarts said Germany anchors the E
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